Chai-Spiced Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce

Chai-Spiced Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce
When I was a freshman in high school, I signed up for a class about cooking. Although, at the tender age of 14, I was already jaded beyond belief, I was secretly really excited about getting credit to cook. I had always loved cooking and even wanted to be a chef for a while. You know who else gets excited about getting high school credit to cook? Kids who are in gangs. Or, at least, suburban kids who want people to think they’re in gangs.

Cinnamon Sticks
The first thing we made in class was applesauce. As I looked around the room and saw all these tough gang banger types donning aprons and stirring applesauce on the stove, I realized, “I never have to be afraid of these people again. Because I have just witnessed them making applesauce.” And, although in other circumstances, I’m quite certain these classmates would have loved nothing more than to terrorize the sullen girl in the Smiths t-shirt, I think they knew this too. So I spent the semester happily making muffins, applesauce, and mashed potatoes while listening to stories about drug deals, beating people up, and brass knuckles.

Cloves
Prior to this cooking class, I had never made my own applesauce. In fact, it was the first time I even ate homemade applesauce. Or even knew such a thing existed. When I was a kid, I always ate applesauce when my mom put it in my lunch, but I wasn’t really a fan until I discovered how delicious it was when it was made fresh. The texture isn’t thin and watery and you can flavor it as much or as little as you like. And did I mention that it’s easy? Because it is!

Chai-Spiced Pear Applesauce in Jar
While applesauce is easy on the stovetop, it’s even easier in a slow cooker. And in a slow cooker, you get the bonus of having a kitchen that smells like apple pie for several hours. Having never tried my hand at slow cooker applesauce, I adapted this recipe from Skinnytaste, substituting half the apples with pears and adding the flavors of chai instead of lemon rind. This applesauce (well, pear applesauce… pearplesauce?) is delicious on its own, but it’s even better added to a bowl of oatmeal or spooned over waffles for breakfast.

Chai-Spiced Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 20 minutes

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Chai-Spiced Slow Cooker Pear Applesauce

Pear Applesauce flavored with chai spices and slow-cooked in a crockpot. Adapted from Skinnytaste's Crock Pot Applesauce.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks (I use Fuji and Pink Lady)
  • 4 medium pears, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 5 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Heat on low for 6 hours.
  2. Remove cinnamon stick from slow cooker. For a chunkier sauce, use a slotted spoon to remove half of the apple and pear chunks. Use an immersion blender to puree the remaining fruit and then stir in reserved fruit chunks (alternately, you can cool the mixture and puree in a blender or food processor). For a thinner sauce, do not remove any fruit before pureeing.
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Kiersten Frase

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Comments

  1. says

    Yummy! This looks delicious! I’ve never had “real” apple(pear)sauce.

    We had home ec in middle school and got to learn how to sow, cook, and iron (seriously when did I grow up the 1940s!). Anyways, it was my favorite class too. I just loved learning how to cook different things.

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Oh, you should make it! It is so easy. You can do it on the stovetop too. It tastes a million times better than the kind that you buy. :)

      I wish I learned how to iron in school. Seriously, I could use that.

  2. says

    You what I love with Applesauce?… Popcorn. I pop it from the kernels, not from the bag. So there’s no flavor (salt, butter).And then I dip it (while warm) in apple cinnamon sauce. So, thank you ma’am for another recipe I NEED to make. <3!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Yes! All the kids looking for easy credits took the class–I think I was the only one who was actually enthusiastic about cooking. But I didn’t really get into cooking until I started getting more health conscious. Prior to that, I cooked, but I wasn’t very adventurous–it was a lot of pasta and things involving potatoes and cheese. :)

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Me too! I used to always use the little oatmeal packets, but since they’re so full of sugar, I’m trying to eat the old-fashioned or steel cut oats instead. But they need a little something to spice them up, and applesauce is a good addition.

  3. C. Riphagen says

    -gasp- I’ve been looking for something like this ever since my local Trader Joe’s stopped carrying their pear sauce. It was my favorite! Can’t wait to try! What pears do you recommend?

    • Kiersten Frase says

      How did I miss that Trader Joe’s had pear sauce?! Too bad they stopped carrying it before I got to try it! Any kind of pear will work in this; I like to use 2 firmer ones for chunkiness and 2 softer ones for sauciness.

  4. says

    Perfect! I received just the right amount of apples and pears in my CSA box and made this right away. It is a new favorite with my husband and son.

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