Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Slow Cooker Applesauce

Last week, I had the distinct pleasure of helping my son's second-grade class make applesauce in the slow cooker. They were studying Johnny Appleseed and wanted to finish the week with a hands-on project. This is a perfect recipe for children who are just getting used to reading a recipe and measuring ingredients -- and it tastes terrific! Parents helping may want to peel the apples before slicing; the method I used for the recipe was designed to allow the children to do much of the work of peeling without using a knife. We used a star-shaped press-slicer and then peeled each slice with a potato peeler. It was a challenge, to say the least. But the children sure enjoyed making something entirely on their own. The best part of all, of course, was eating the applesauce at the end of the school day. Yummy!


10 Apples (Jonathan, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup water

Wash the apples. Preheat the slow cooker by turning it on HIGH setting. Slice and peel the apples. Put them in the slow cooker. Discard the peels. Add water, cinnamon, and sugar. Stir together. Cover and cook until apples are soft. When ready to eat, uncover crock pot and gently mash the apples with a potato masher. Allow the applesauce to cool slightly and then scoop it out into cups.


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Sortin'ItAllOut said...

This looks like a great recipe, my kids would love it. I bet it makes the house smell good, too!

Midwest Mom said...

Thanks for visiting the blog!

It *sure* does make the house smell good! It was all I could do to make the children wait until the applesauce was ready!

Don't forget to let it cool a bit before they taste it. It gets hot in that slow cooker!

- Midwest Mom