Vanilla Bean Applesauce

Between trips to the apple orchards and Bebe B's quest to find the "biggest" apple ever we have had a house loaded with apples this fall (I mean LOADED). We have had a great time creating new recipes for them. Warning: this recipe will make your house smell AMAZING!!  It makes a wonderful accompaniment to fall dinners or a warm breakfast!  

Vanilla Bean Applesauce- 12 Months+
8 small Apples
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
2 small (or one large) Vanilla Beans
1/2 cup Apple Cider, Apple Juice or Water
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Peal, core and spice the apples.  Add the apples and the rest of the ingredients to a crockpot (slow cooker).  Gently mix.  Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for 4-5 hours.  Stir periodically.  Remove vanilla beans.  Mash apples with a spoon or potato masher till you reach the desired consistency.  Puree in a food processor or blender if you want a smooth texture.  Personally I prefer this recipe chunky but it's great either way.  Serve warm.  Store in an airtight container in the fridge for about to a week or freeze for up to 3 months.  


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