Monday, October 1, 2012

Cinnamon Apple(Pear)sauce in the Slowcooker!

Apples (and pears!) and cinnamon. Yum.

The very smell of them make me think of fall.

So if there is an end by product of smelling apples and pears and cinnamon for four hours--that's even better.

And that, my friends, is only one reason to make something so yummy as this dish in the crockpot.



The other is ease...I can't think of an easier way to end up with homemade apple/pear sauce. The pears really do add something...but you can make straight-up applesauce if you want.

Here's  the recipe...so your house can smell like mine did this past Sunday.

Slowcooker Apple(Pear)sauce

Ingredients:
1/2 cup water
8 medium-large apples (at least two different kinds--I used Macintosh & Golden) not peeled, but cored & cut into eighths
2 pears, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
1-2 inch pieces of lemon zest
Juice of two lemons
(2) 2 inch pieces of cinnamon
2-4 teaspoons of agave (I used 2 tsp of cinnamon flavored and 2 tsp plain, since that's what I had on hand) or other sweetener



Please note that I peeled the pears but not the apples. I find the skin of pears to be tough, but there is no reason not to cook them too--it adds fiber and makes life easier not to peel them.

Okay, ready for the recipe? dump all the ingredients into the slowcooker (I reserved half of the agave and added to taste at the end).



Cook on low for 4 hours, until both the apples and pears can be smashed with the back of a spoon. It will look something like this:


Fish out the cinnamon sticks. As my 4-year-old taste-tester will attest, those cinnamon sticks aren't good eats (yes, Lil Bit had Depending on the desired consistency, you can puree with an immersion blender, use a regular blender, or smash with a potato masher.

Wait impatiently for the yummy goodness to cool, and enjoy how wonderful your house smells!



Wasn't that easy? You can can or freeze this just like regular applesauce. It makes about 3-4 pints.




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17 comments:

  1. I've been craving some homemade applesauce and now that I see it's this easy I think I'll jump right in!

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    1. Nadine, I also have a recipe for microwave applesauce that's even easier, if you are interested. http://architectureofamom.blogspot.com/2012/03/10-minute-microwave-applesauce.html

      Let me know if you make one of them!

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  2. This sounds good with pears and even in the crock pot. Thank you for sharing this recipe. Pinned!
    ~we may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
    http://www.simpleesue.com/mohjy-apples-red-candy-apples-recipe

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  3. Sounds good. I am inviting you to come and share this in my Show Your Stuff blog hop:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/10/show-your-stuff-44-seafood-mac-and.html

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  4. Yum! I love the idea of combining pears and apples. I'm pinning this!

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  5. Hi there! I’m going to start hosting a weekly blog hop on Sundays on my blog, WTFab. I’m looking for 4 co-hosts each week, starting October 14th and was wondering if you’d be interested! It’ll be a fun way to gain more followers and make new blog friends. If you want to be a co-host, you can email me at: whatthefab@gmail.com

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  6. Homemade apple pear sauce sounds incredible.

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  7. Oh, my goodness, this looks so good! I'm going to have to make it this week. Thanks for sharing! Yes, it's going to my Pinterest page too!!

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  8. Now if only I had a slowcooker :(

    I saw this post on Slightly Indulgent. I shared an apple protein donuts recipe, I'd love for you to check out as well :)

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    1. You could do it on the stove top! Just take it low and slow so you don't burn it! It's just easier in the crockpot.

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  9. Wow! These look amazing. I found you through a blog hop and will definitely be back. I hope you'll come share at my Blog Fest: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/farm-girl-blog-fest-3.html

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  10. This sounds so yummy! I can only imagine how great it smells while it cooks, too! Thanks for sharing with us this week!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  11. Oh my gosh this looks so yummy! And I'm always looking for more slow cooker recipes. Thank you so much for sharing this :)

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  12. Hey Rachel...so happy to see you again...and thank you for bringing your apple/pear sauce to share with us,I'm excited cause I have about 7 pears in the fridge that are starting to turn so this came just at the right time....thanks again and hope you have a great weekend! talk to you soon..xo
    Lucy

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  13. This sauce looks so yummy. You're making me hungry. I've never tried apple and pear sauce. Thanks for sharing this week at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend! (Pinning.)

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