Fall is in the air...just not here in Florida. It's still around 90 degrees every day. But the humidity is down very slightly, so I'm going to pretend that fall has arrived! It's the best time of year and there are so many fun things you can do at school to celebrate the season.
One thing I love to do with my class is make applesauce. It is super easy! You can make it in your crock pot and your classroom will smell delicious all day long. Here's all you need...
Peel, core, and slice about 12 apples (whatever will fit in your crock pot).
Add 1/4 cup water.
Turn the crock pot to low, cover, and let cook all day.
Check periodically to make sure the apples aren't sticking. They will make their own water, so I've never had an issue with this.
An hour before you plan to serve the applesauce, check to see how soft they are. If still firm, turn the crock pot up to high.
By now, your classroom should be smelling divine! Other teachers might even be popping in to find out what that amazing aroma is.
When the apples are soft and you're ready to eat, turn off the heat.
Pour off a little of the water if the apples made too much.
Stir in 1/4 cup sugar. If you used tart apples, you might want to add a little more.
Sprinkle in a little cinnamon, too. I never measure this. I just add it to my personal taste. (I've noticed that with young kids, less cinnamon is better than more.)
To make the applesauce extra special, you can also add a few drops of vanilla extract. Yum!! Doesn't this look delicious?