Spiced Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker – Foodie Secret Santa

After participating in The Sweet Swap a few months back, I was super excited to learn that Claire from Claire K Creations was coordinating a Foodie Secret Santa.

I was very pleased to be sending out my foodie gift to Jennifer from 84thand3rd, Roxanne from The Baking Dentist and Caroline from Shrinking Single.

I received three foodie gifts in the mail from LC at P.S. I Love to Cook, Claire herself (how exciting) and Caroline from Shrinking Single (what are the chances that we got each other?)

Foodie Secret Santa

Chilli Jam and Chilli Peanuts from Claire, Cinnamon Spiced Candied Nuts from LC and Salted Caramel Fudge Sauce from Caroline.

Thank you so much for my Foodie gifts, I adored them all. A big thank you to Claire as well for her coordination efforts. I will definitely be taking part again next year.

For my Foodie Secret Santa gift, I decided on a Spiced Apple Sauce that I made in the slow cooker. The hardest part about this recipe was sterilising the jars and I have some sneaky tricks on how to do that here if you are interested.

Because this sauce is made in the slow cooker it is super simple. If you properly seal it in preserving jars, you could make them as gifts well ahead of time, or for Christmas day. It’s delicious when warmed a little and served with Christmas meats like ham and of course pork. It would also be excellent served with some sausages, or as part of a cheese platter.


I used a mix of Granny Smith and Pink lady apples. It does take a bit of time to peel, core and chop 2 kg of apples, but it’s certainly not hard to do.



The spices in this make it a very savoury sauce, but there is still sweetness there from the apples, brown sugar and honey.


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The room is filled with the spicy scent of Christmas as this slowly bubbles away in the slow cooker.



After 7 hours on low, it probably isn’t the most attractive looking thing, but it tastes divine.


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Remove the whole spices, bouquet garni, bay leaves and rosemary stalk and blitz with a stick blender until it’s smooth and lovely.


Spiced Apple Sauce | The Wooden Spoons

Bottle the sauce in sterilised jars. They are great presents, or you can save them for throughout the year.


Spiced Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker – Foodie Secret Santa | The Wooden Spoons

Make sure you head over to Claire’s post to see what everyone else sent out for their Foodie Secret Santa.



Spiced Apple Sauce in the Slow Cooker

Ingredients – Makes Approximately 5-6 cups

  • 1 kg of Pink Lady apples, cored, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 kg of Granny Smith apples, cored, peeled and roughly chopped
  • ⅓ cup of lemon juice
  • 2 tbs of Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅓ cup of brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup of good quality honey
  • 1 tbs of apple cider
  • 1 stalk of fresh rosemary
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 whole cinnamon quills
  • ⅓ tsp of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp of ground cardamom
  • small pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • ¼ tsp of dried, ground ginger
  • small pinch of allspice
  • ¼ tsp of whole cloves
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • 3 whole star anise
  • ¼ tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 tsp of sea salt flakes
  • ½ tsp of ground white pepper



  1. Add all ingredients to a slow cooker. Stir together and cook on low for 7 hours or until the apples have darkened and are very soft.
  2. Remove whole spices, bouquet garni, bay leaves and rosemary stalk and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  3. Process with a stab blender until a smooth, sauce-like consistency forms.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to sterilised jars while still hot.
  5. Sauce will last for months in a sealed jar, but once opened, store in the fridge.


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Hi! I’m Taryn. The Wooden Spoons is a food blog and collection of wooden spoons, recipes and stories. I’m a Canberra fan-girl with a passion for all things food. I love South East Asian food, fusion food done well and slow cooked anything. I don’t get quinoa, have a mild phobia of milk touching my skin and custard from a package freaks me out. Thanks for joining me on my cooking and food adventures.
  1. Caroline @ Shrinking Single Reply

    Second helping of the sauce went down a treat on Christmas day. Rave reviews from everyone!

  2. The Life of Clare Reply

    I love that it’s made in the slow cooker! It looks so yummy and the perfect addition to the Christmas table.

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