Pretty sure I could eat this with (or for) every meal. My go-to fall snack!
- 5 pounds apples (Braeburns, Fujis, Golden Delicious, and Honeycrisps are good options), peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup water
- Juice of 1 small lemon
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon butter
- pinch of kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Brown sugar or maple syrup to taste (optional, see recipes notes)
- Place peeled, sliced apples in a large crockpot.
- Add lemon juice, water, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg.
- Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until the apples easily fall apart into an applesauce-like consistently.
- Add butter, vanilla, and salt and blend with an immersion blender until desired consistency is reached.
- Add brown sugar or maple syrup to taste (I probably wouldn’t add more than 1/2 cup, but that’s me; a lot of it depends on what type of apples you used. Also, keep in mind that it will taste sweeter when it’s cold, so less is more here.)
- Serve warm or refrigerate until ready to use (you can refrigerate this up to a week or freeze it for several months.)