Thursday, October 4, 2012

Crock-pot Pumpkin Applesauce

Hubby and I recently went fruit picking! We love a spot in Spokane called Greenbluff, which is home to over 40 small family owned farms- not only are the farms beautiful and often quaint, but you are treated to a lovely view of the valley from the top of the bluff! Last summer we picked strawberries, cherries, raspberries and pumpkins. This summer we picked strawberries and cherries. In early September we made our way to the bluff to score some end-of-the-season peaches as well as some early apples (Honeycrisp)! We ate many of the peaches fresh (they were so good!) and I froze enough to fill over a gal. freezer bag to put in our smoothies we enjoy every Sunday night. I used some of the apples for the delicious Caramel Apple Crumble Bars and then I made this amazing applesauce!

The particular flavor of the applesauce will of course depend on the type of apple you choose (I hear a variety is best!), but the addition of cinnamon and some smooth pureed pumpkin is sure to win the approval of your tastebuds no matter what you use! I found that the Honeycrisp apples provided a perfect pairing of sweet and tart.

I also got to use a fantastic gadget that was a Christmas present from my in-laws- an apple peeler! If you don't own one of these, I highly recommend them! This particular one has the ability to peel, core and slice at the same time- truly a time saver! If peeling apples keeps you from baking pies, making applesauce, etc, consider this a good investment (only about $20). It will change your life. :)

Crock Pot Pumpkin Applesauce
adapted from Stockpiling Moms
makes...a lot. :)

8 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tsp lemon juice
5 tsp brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
approx. 1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)

Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Cook on low about 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove cinnamon sticks and blend using stick blender to reach desired consistency. Store refrigerated, up to two weeks, or freeze.

1 comment:

  1. I am making this right now..I hope its good! I have all boys and we go through a lot of applesauce, and I have one pumpkin lover, so best of both worlds for him!


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