Apple-icious Recipe and Children’s Books (Perfect for Fall)

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written by Lisa Amstutz

Kids love apples—fresh, in juice or cider, dried, or best of all—as applesauce! Why not try making fresh, homemade applesauce with your kids this year? This easy crockpot version will fill your home and classroom with apple-icious smells all day long! Don’t forget to read children’s books like my new book, Applesauce Daywhile you feast.

Apple-icious Applesauce Recipe and Children's Apple Books Perfect for Fall

Easy Crockpot Applesauce

Ingredients

3-4 lbs. apples to fill your crock pot (Cortland, Jonathan, McIntosh, Winesap, Transparent, Gala, Golden Delicious, and Fuji are good sauce varieties)

Cinnamon stick

Lemon juice

Sugar (optional)

Water

 

Equipment

Crockpot

Apple corer/wedger/peeler

Paring knife

Potato masher

 

Instructions

Apple-icious Applesauce Recipe and Children's Apple Books Perfect for Fall

Peel, core, and cut up the apples and put them in the crockpot. An old-fashioned apple peeler makes it easy and safe for kids to help.

Apple-icious Applesauce Recipe and Children's Apple Books Perfect for Fall

Add a cinnamon stick, a drizzle of lemon juice, and about an inch of water. The lemon juice will help keep the apples from browning.

Apple-icious Applesauce Recipe and Children's Apple Books Perfect for Fall

Simmer on low for 6–8 hours or until the apples are mushy.

Mash the cooked apples and stir.

Sweeten to taste.

Apple-icious Applesauce Recipe and Children's Apple Books Perfect for Fall

Resources

Apple books:

Apple-icious Applesauce Recipe and Children's Apple Books Perfect for Fall 

  • My new book, Applesauce Day, follows a family as they pick apples and then make applesauce at Grandma’s house, using a pot that has been handed down through the generations.

 

  • Apples for Everyone is a beautifully photographed celebration of apples as icons of the fall season.

 

  • Older students will enjoy Applesauce Weather, a verse novel that brings a family together around this family tradition as they mourn the loss of a family member.

 

Other apple ideas:

 

 

 

 

For additional apple crafts, science activities, and ideas, visit my Pinterest boards at https://www.pinterest.com/LisaAmstutzBooks.

 

Happy Applesauce Day!

 

Lisa Amstutz is the author of more than 80 books for children. She specializes in topics related to agriculture, science, and nature. Her latest title, Applesauce Day (Albert Whitman & Company, 2017), celebrates this delicious fall tradition. To learn more, see www.LisaAmstutz.com.

Applesauce Recipe, Apple Children's Books, and Apple Activities Perfect for Fall

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2 Responses

  1. Congratulations on being an author of more than 80 children’s books! I love that your Applesauce Day book shows the process of making applesauce from start to finish. I have had fun making applesauce, apple jelly, and apple pie with my grandma and daughters. Definitely great family time! This reminds me of my book entitled Pickles, Pickles, I Like Pickles that shows a mom and son creating pickles starting from seeds. Keep up the great work!

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