Apple picking is one of my most favorite fall activities. Spending an afternoon in an orchard, among the fruit trees and taking hay rides through the farm is so enjoyable on a sunny fall day. I love taking my haul home, snacking on fresh fruit and turning some of it into homemade goods. Recently A Beautiful Mess posted a recipe for Overnight Whiskey Applesauce. I am not a whiskey drinker although we have a bottle stashed in our kitchen when I feel like spoiling my husband with Chocolate Pecan Pie. After trying this boozed up applesauce recipe, I might be using that bottle a little bit more!
I followed ABM’s recipe for the most part, but where it called for granulated sugar, I substituted light brown sugar. I find brown sugar provides a richer flavor than white sugar and would work well with the whiskey. Also, I changed the cooking time by turning up the heat to cut the time in half.
Boozed Up Applesauce
6-8 apples, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp. whiskey
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in your crockpot. If cooking overnight, cook on low for 8 hours. If cooking during the day, cook on high for 4 hours. When the apples are ready, you will notice juice in the bottom of the crockpot and the apples will be soft. They will easily mash with a potato masher. Store in a glass container in fridge.
This recipe made just enough for one glass jar of applesauce. There was a little extra in my crockpot, but that was happily devoured as a snack in a dish. This was served alongside pork loin for dinner one night. It would also be delicious stirred into your morning oatmeal.