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Slow Cooker Chai Applesauce – Recipe!

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Applesauce is a naturally sweet treat that is sometimes overlooked by adults.  We tend to view applesauce as a child’s food and not something grown ups would enjoy.  Homemade applesauce is something totally different – a fresh puree of apples and spices.

Chai is a popular Indian flavor that many people enjoy drinking as a tea, but Chai can enhance many different recipes.  I decided to give this applesauce recipe a hint of Chai to create a warming fresh flavor that adults and children would both enjoy.

The slow cooker is the perfect place to prepare a big batch of homemade applesauce – just slice several cups of apples, add a little sugar & spice and in a few hours, fresh Chai Applesauce is born. You can eat this warm or cold or use it as a topping on yogurt, oatmeal or ice cream.  It also pairs nicely with savory foods like pork and chicken.

Ingredients

9 cups apples – washed, peeled and sliced thinly (about 12 medium apples, any variety)

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon cardamom

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon coriander

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup apple juice (you can use water, if not on hand)

1/2 cup water

(Makes about 1 Quart)

To Prepare:

1.  Wash all the apples, then peel and slice them.

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2.  Add the peeled apples, along with the sugar and dry spices to the slow cooker.

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3.  Then, add the apple juice or water if using, and toss the mixture until combined.

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4.  Add the water and place the lid on top of the slow cooker.  Set the slow cooker to high for 6 hours.

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5.  Remove the lid and whisk the applesauce together.  Using a hand blender, puree the applesauce until mostly smooth.  I like to leave mine a little chunky for some texture.  If you don’t have a hand blender, puree half the mixture in a regular blender and pour it back with the other half to combine.

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6.  Pour the Chai Applesauce into a bowl or container to chill in the refrigerator or serve warm with something savory like pork chops or chicken.  Enjoy!

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