Slow Cooker Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce

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Where did this cold weather come from? We needed the air conditioner early last week – this turnaround is weird. Luckily, I made just the thing to warm us up this morning.
I had this warm over pancakes this morning, while Jim topped his pancakes with syrup and savored the applesauce by itself. The maple syrup and brown sugar make this really sweet, almost like an apple pie filling.  The recipe makes a lot and freezes well. I imagine we’ll be spooning some over ice cream soon – this cold weather won’t last. Thank goodness.
 
Slow Cooker Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce
Instead Fuji apples, you could use Gala, McIntosh, or any apple variety that is good in a pie.
3 extra large Granny Smith apples (1-1/2 pounds)
3 extra large Fuji apples (1-1/2 pounds)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Cut the apples away from their cores in chunks. Thinly slice them, peel and all, and cut the slices into two or three pieces. Add to the slow cooker. Stir together the maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, salt, and lemon juice and zest. Pour over the top of the apples. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until tender. Stir well and serve.
Makes about 7 cups.

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