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.
2 pounds apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 pounds pears, peeled and coarsely chopped
¾ cup pure maple syrup
¾ cup water
1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise and seeds scraped or 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
Sat fat 0.02g
How to Make It
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.
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