My daughter can't get enough applesauce. It's a great snack, and not at all difficult to make yourself. I love to make it in the crock pot because I can cook it overnight on low and have a fresh batch in the morning. Or I can cook it by day and the house smells amazing. Below is a basic recipe to start out with. Each type of apple varies in sweetness, so you will need to adjust the sugar to taste. And obviously the cinnamon is optional, but is SO yummy. For my most recent batch, I added a bag of frozen strawberries to the crock pot as well to make strawberry applesauce. That was good, but I had to use the blender to break down the berries, and not just the potato masher, so it was a finer consistency-more like store bought applesauce. No one complained though, and I think I'll try raspberry next.
Crock Pot Applesauce
Take ten large apples, peeled, cored and cut into
chunks. Put them in a crock pot along with
½ cup water, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and ¾ cup sugar. Cover and cook on high
for 3-4 hours
or low for 8-10 hours. Take a potato masher and mash. This can be
eaten warm or cold. Refrigerate the remaining sauce.