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Enjoying delicious apples!

Every year we make a special trip up to a local fruit farm to pick our own apples. It’s really fun and has made for some great memories (at least ones I will remember). The result of this apple picking is pounds and pounds of apples! … Wait, POUNDS and POUNDS of apples?!?! What are you supposed to do with that many apples?

Fear not. I am an awful cook (truly horrible) and yet even I have found some fantastic recipes that are easy enough for the laziest and least coordinated in the kitchen. Check them out below:

CROCK POT APPLE SAUCE (You may remember this recipe I posted from last year)

You will need:

  • Crock-Pot
  • Knife to cut apples
  • Apple peeler or veggie peeler
  • Apples (number depends on how much sauce you would like)
  • Water
  • Cinnamon

1) Pick your favorite apples (hand-picked or store bought — they are all delicious)

2) Peel all the apples (again, the number you use depends on how much applesauce is desired). You can leave the skins on if you would prefer them in your sauce.

3) Cut apples into chunks (remove seeds, core, etc. while cutting)

4) Set aside 1/4 cup of water and 1tsp. of cinnamon for every 5 apples used (more or less cinnamon to taste)

5) Add apples, water and cinnamon to the Crock-Pot set on low – your apples will get soft as they cook

6) Once apples are soft (test with wooden spoon or fork), mash the apples to the texture you prefer (use a fork, pastry tool, etc.)

7) Now just serve, fridge or freeze! You can use frozen applesauce to use later in baking recipes or to enjoy a little bit of fall throughout the year.



Apples ready to peel


You will need:

  • Baking pan
  • Knife to cut apples
  • Apples
  • One box of yellow cake mix
  • One stick of butter
  • Water to drizzle

1) Pre-heat oven to 350°  while cutting apples into thin slices (they don’t need to be super thin) … you can keep the skins on the apples (remove core and seeds when cutting)

2) Spray baking pan so cake won’t stick then layer the apple slices into the pan (they may be stacked in multiple layers about half-way up the pan

3) Sprinkle the yellow cake mix over the apples in the pan (you likely won’t use the entire box of mix)

4) Melt the stick of butter (yum) and pour over the top of the apples/cake mix.

5) Drizzle some water over any areas of the mix that are still dry after being covered in butter (the apples and butter should provide enough moisture — you just need to make sure there aren’t any very dry areas)

6) Bake cake at 350° for 35-45 minutes (check as it bakes — time depends on your oven — the cake will bubble slightly when done)

7) Serve (with whipped cream, ice cream, caramel drizzle, … whatever you choose) and Enjoy!



Rows and rows of gorgeous apples ready to pick


You will need:

  • Crock-pot
  • Around 15-20 small to medium apples (they need not be all the same kind
  • Knife to cut apples
  • 2 cinnamon sticks or ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • Sugar to taste

1) Peel and slice apples (the slices don’t need to be super thin). Make sure to remove core and seeds when slicing.

2) Put all the apples, spices and water into a crock pot set on HIGH for 1-2 hours while covered. (If you are using ground cinnamon… just use enough to taste… more can be added later).

3) Turn the crock pot down to LOW and stir apples. Cover again and cook for another 7-8 hours.

4) Keeping the crock pot on LOW remove the cinnamon sticks (if used). Then stir the apples again (apples will be breaking apart and becoming very mashed).

5) Based on your personal taste and the kind of apples that you use, add sugar for sweetness (you may choose to use none).

6) Leave on a LOW setting overnight with the lid slightly ajar (so moisture can be released).

7) Check in the morning and stir to desired consistency. You should have a delicious batch of homemade apple butter!

8) Store in fridge or freeze — and, of course, serve and ENJOY!



Now I know most of you are far better in the kitchen than I am. Any great apple recipes we should know about? Leave a comment and let me know!


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  • Née
    September 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I can’t wait to try this apple butter recipe and will def try crock pot applesauce this year too! We love making fresh applesauce each fall!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Sarah
    September 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    It really does turn out well Renee. Our frozen stuff lasted a long time and was a special treat mid-winter (when I was dreaming about just picked apples).

    • Renee
      September 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      We used up the last of our freezer applesauce like beginning of spring 🙁 So we are itching to get some made up 😉

  • Renee
    September 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Sarah I am really looking forward to making life a little easier and trying the crockpot applesauce this year vs my usual baked method! Thanks!