The other day I realized I had an insane amount of apples lying around my kitchen. Most of them were leftover from my Rosh Hashanah dinner and they were still good, but I was worried they weren’t going to last much longer. So what to do when faced with a mountain of apples? Make applesauce of course!
Last year I took my family apple picking and afterwards we all pitched in to make applesauce in the crock pot. I basically did the exact same thing, only this time I added a bit of cardamom to give the sauce a note of exotic spices. Have you ever smelled cardamom before? If you close your eyes you can imagine you are walking through the spice markets of India because of its enticingly sweet woody aroma. Cardamom is also a major componant to Chai flavor, which is excellent with apples so I knew the combination of spices in this applesauce would be delectable.
Cardamom Spiced Applesauce
3 pounds of apples peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
A splash of water
The juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of cardamom
Salt to taste (just a pinch for flavor)
Combine all ingredients in a crock pot or slow cooker and turn it on high for 3 hours or low for 5-6. I don’t bother to add any sugar because the apples are so sweet, but if you like you can add a few tablespoons of brown sugar, especially if you are using tart green apples.
After the apples are cooked through, you will need to mash them into the sauce. I just use a handheld potato masher. If you let the sauce cool off first, this is a great job for kids. Usually the smell of spiced apples will bring everyone running, so I just serve it in bowls with a spoon.