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.
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)
1. Wash all the apples, then peel and slice them.
2. Add the peeled apples, along with the sugar and dry spices to the slow cooker.
3. Then, add the apple juice or water if using, and toss the mixture until combined.
4. Add the water and place the lid on top of the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker to high for 6 hours.
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.
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!