I have a Stampin' Up workshop coming up Tuesday and I wanted to try out a couple new crock pot recipes ahead of time to make sure they were suitable for public consumption. I tried to make Apples Compote in a crock pot, but the apples got too soft and my spices didn't blend as I expected. It was really odd. I had spots of cinnamon and nutmeg stuck to the apples even after many, many hours of them stewing in their own juices. Weird.
I decided not to make it for the party but at the same time I didn't want to waste what I'd cooked. So I turned it into Applesauce. Drew and I both agreed that that was probably one of my best ideas ever. It was soooooooooooooo yummy.
Slow Cooker Applesauce
6 apples, sliced up
6 packets Stevia or 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
Mix all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on low 6-8 hours. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulverize! Chill! Eat!
I used Red Delicious apples, because that's what was in my fridge. Generally Red Delicious are not great baking apples. It worked okay as applesauce. I will probably do this next time with Honey Crisp (my favorite!) and cut back on the Stevia by 2 packets, and cut the cinnamon and nutmeg back a pinch hoping the apples will provide more flavor themselves. This is a very spicy, but ice cold from the fridge it makes the best snack.
Additionally, I didn't peel them. I don't mind the peel. It's mostly broken up when I put it in the blender anyway. Once in a while I had to chew, but I like it!