This applesauce recipe is one of my husband's longstanding favorite treats. His great-grandmother made this coveted applesauce for the family on many occasions, and the tradition has been carried on through the generations. My husband loves this apple sauce so much, I was even able to convince him to help peel 24 apples during Sunday football in an effort to double the recipe and freeze a batch for later this fall.
Other than the brief time commitment needed to peel the apples, this recipe is incredibly easy and results in a delicious treat for all ages and all occasions. All you need are granny smith apples, a box of Red Hots and some apple juice or apple cider.
My husband and I have found it challenging to find the original brand Red Hots in our local grocery stores. You can find generic brand substitutes in the baking aisle near the decorating supplies, however, they are considerably more expensive considering the amount required for the recipe. We have found Red Hots consistently at our local Walgreens. Grab a few boxes on your next trip!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
CINNAMON APPLESAUCE ("GRANDMOMMY'S APPLESAUCE")
- 10 to 12 granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
- 3/4 cup Red Hots (1 6-oz box)
- 1/2 cup apple juice or cider
- Combine apples, Red Hots and apple juice in slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.
- Stir periodically and mash with a potato masher once apples are soft.
- Serve warm, refrigerate or freeze. Even try it a la mode with vanilla ice cream!