I usually start the season by making homemade applesauce in the slow cooker. I didn't want to break the tradition but I did want to try a new recipe. It was time to set Mom's recipe to the side. I was inspired by Ina's recipe that I found on Food Network. I didn't follow her method, as she baked the apples. It is still warm here so I used the slow cooker.
Homemade Applesauce #2 in the Slow Cooker
inspired by Ina Garten, Food Network
1 large navel orange, juiced
1/2 lemon, juiced
14 apples, (about 6 pounds) mixed variety, such as McIntosh, Braeburn, Fuji, Gala, Jonagold, etc., peeled, cored, diced
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 Tbsp Boiled Cider from King Arthur Flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
Place the orange juice and the lemon juice in a large bowl. Add the apple dice and toss them in the juice. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top along with the cinnamon and allspice. Add the tablespoon of Boiled Cider and stir the mixture.
Set the slow cooker on low and cook for 8 hours. When finished, use a potato masher to get the sauce to the desired consistency.
Serve warm or cold. Store in a air-tight container in the refrigerator.
Note: The recipe is easily adjusted. As it cooks down, it produces more liquid. But after a few hours if you notice that sauce needs more liquid, add just a little additional orange juice or water.
We loved the addition of the citrus and the fact that this was not overly sweet. The Boiled Cider enhanced the sauce's flavor. It was perfect. Now, if I could just put my spoon away!