Food Recipes Slow Cooker Apple-and-Pear Sauce 4.5 (2) Easy to find at the grocery store? Apple sauce. Not easy? Apple and pear, together. Enter your slow cooker, a simple list of ingredients, and a hands-off method for an easy and delicious recipe. When you combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker, it might not seem like enough water, but due to the way a slow cooker works, the steam from the cooked apples and pears will mix in to make sure it’s all good and saucy. Two cooking tips: make sure to remove the seeds before cooking the apples and pears, and cool the apple sauce completely before refrigerating. By Mary Claire Britton Mary Claire Britton Mary Claire Britton is a chef and food stylist. Highlights: * Work has appeared in Real Simple, Coastal Living, Cooking Light, Cooking with Paula Deen, My Recipes, Southern Living, Victoria, and Weight Watchers, among other publications. * Is the chef and owner of Greenhouse, a Birmingham, Alabama fast-casual restaurant. Real Simple's Editorial Guidelines Updated on November 12, 2018 Print Share Share Tweet Pin Email Hands On Time: 10 mins Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins Yield: 1½ quarts Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 pounds apples, peeled and coarsely chopped 2 pounds pears, peeled and coarsely chopped ¾ cup pure maple syrup ¾ cup water 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon) 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise and seeds scraped or ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract 1 cinnamon stick Directions Place all ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring just to combine. Cover and cook on LOW until apples and pears are tender, about 4 hours. Remove and discard vanilla bean and cinnamon stick. Pulse mixture in a food processor or blender, or mash in a bowl with a potato masher, to desired consistency. Greg DuPree Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 120 Calories 0g Fat 31g Carbs 0g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 120 % Daily Value * Total Fat 0g 0% Sodium 3mg 0% Total Carbohydrate 31g 11% Total Sugars 25g Protein 0g *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.