Apple sauce…..really easy to make, super difficult to photograph. Pre-editing, my apple sauce looked like chunky gravy. Now that you have that image in your head, I bet you really want to make this! Of course it didn’t help that I was taking these pictures at oh about 10pm at night. I really envy food bloggers who can take pictures of their food during daylight. Unfortunately that only really works for me on the weekend because I a. have a full time job and b. live almost at the 49th parallel. I just don’t have enough spare time during daylight hours. This will improve quite a bit in the summer when the day is much much longer but for now I’m relying on Adobe Lightroom. I like the way these pics turned out anyways….kind of moody.
So why make apple sauce when it is easy to find in the grocery store? Well it’s super easy and this recipe makes quite a lot. You don’t have to sweeten it with sugar and it will still taste sweet. And you know exactly what goes in there, which isn’t much. Plus it makes your house smell fantastic while it’s cooking away. Really, the only special piece of equipment you need is the slow cooker. You just have to peel and roughly chop the apples like I did above, wait a few hours and you are done.
There are so many great uses for apple sauce as well. It tastes great plain, but can also be used with pork, pancakes and oatmeal. It can also be used as a fat substitutes in recipes. If a recipe calls for 1 cup of oil or melted butter, try substituting half of that with half a cup of apple sauce. You may find you can even replace it all and this will drastically reduce the amount of fat in a recipe and make it healthier.
One other note, don’t leave this recipe completely unattended….you might find that your apples will cook a lot faster than you think. Cooking time will depend on your apples and your slow cooker.