Slow Cooked Spiced Cranberry Applesauce
I was so excited this week when my most recent delivery from Melissa’s Produce arrived! I ordered some Organic Crimson Gold Apples! I’ve never had these apples before, but was intrigued by their description online – sweet, floral flavor. What I didn’t realize, were that these were little mini apples! Almost the size of a golf ball! The cutest apples I’ve ever seen!
Although mini in size, these apples were huge in flavor! Super sweet with a firm and crunchy flesh. They almost taste like a teeny tiny baby honey crisp. I knew right away that I wanted to make some applesauce! With fruit this sweet, there’s no reason to add a ton of sugar or other sweeteners. Their natural flavor was perfect all by itself!
In addition, to stay with the Autumn theme, I added in 2 heaping cups of fresh cranberries. I really like their tart, bright flavor. And they add a nice dark rose hue to the whole thing. If you can get your hands on some Crimson Gold Apples, I highly suggest you stock up! Per Melissa’s suggestions, pick apples that are firm without too many blemishes – though a few freckled spots are OK! If you store them in the fridge they stay nice and firm and crisp – which is how I love them!
And of course you should whip up a batch of this Spiced Cranberry Applesauce! This is probably one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever developed. You put all the ingredients in a crock pot or slow cooker, set on medium heat and in 6 hours it’s done! Perfect to leave while you’re at work and so you can have a warm, comforting sweet treat waiting for you!
Slow Cooked Spiced Cranberry Applesauce:
- 2 cup fresh cranberries
- 4 cups diced Crimson Gold Apples
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 c apple cider
- Place all the ingredients in the a crock pot or slow cooker.
- Turn on medium heat and cook for 6-8 hours. Apples and cranberries should be falling apart and very soft.
- Using a stick blender or food processor, blend applesauce into desired consistency. More for a finer puree and less for a chunkier consistency. Applesauce will stay fresh for a week in the fridge.
The ingredients in this post were provided free of charge from Melissa’s Produce. Recipe created and developed by BeanAFoodie. I did not receive any kickbacks or payments from featuring Melissa’s Produce in this post – just got to cook with delicious produce!