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A Year of Slow Cooking

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

CrockPot Stuffed and Baked Apple Recipe

Day 155.

This is an easy and delicious dessert or afternoon snack. I decided to omit butter and just stew the apples in their own juice, some brown sugar, and a bit of water. None of us missed the butter, which is great, and really lightens up having an apple dessert.

The Ingredients.
--the right amount of apples to fit inside your crockpot. I used my 6 qt oval Smart Pot and fit in 3 Fuji apples and 2 tiny little red guys.

--1/3 cup brown sugar (if you are using more or less apples, use approx 1/2 T per apple)
--1/2 cup raisins
--1/2 cup dried cranberries
--1/2 cup walnut halves or pieces
--2 t vanilla
--1/2 cup water

The Directions.

put the 1/2 cup of water into the bottom of your crockpot, and swirl in the vanilla. Wash and core your apples---core out a bit extra, so you have room to stuff. Put the apples into the bottom of the crock, on top of the vanilla water. Stuff the apples with the toppings, and shove a bit of brown sugar into each core. You are going to have more brown sugar and toppings than will fit inside of the apples, so heap the extra toppings and sugar on top of the apples.

Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-7. The apples are done when they have reached the desired tenderness for you and your family.

I cooked ours on high for exactly 4 hours. The apples still had their shape, and were tender enough to cut with 2 spoons, but the halves also were able to be picked up and munched on (really sticky this way).

The Verdict.

I served these as an after school snack, and everyone was happy. I'm tempted to try them again with either a bit of sweetened condensed milk poured over the top, or one of those chewy caramel candies pushed down the center. I'd also like to try them with Granny Smith apples---we had the red ones in the house, but if I was going to the store specifically for baking apples, I'd gravitate towards the Granny Smiths.
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Katrina said...

yumm... looks like something I may have to try. =)

My Ice Cream Diary said...

Ooo, I love the thought of some condensed milk drizzled on top.

Anonymous said...

i haven't remembered to make stuffed apples for much too long.. you've inspired me. i'll probably plop some lite whipped cream on the top, or a spoon of vanilla ice cream. oooh, the salivary glands are working overtime.

Gina Lee said...

This recipe looks yummy! I'll be making it soon!!! Thanks

Stef said...

Yummy! Looks like a great treat for any time of the day!

Sonj said...

Oh yeah, gotta try this. My 7 y/o son has fallen in love with Cinnamon Apples, I bet he'll love this too.

Molly said...

You should try making homemade cinnamon applesauce in your crockpot. I did last fall and it was so yummy and so easy! My kids loved it!

Faton Macula said...

So let me tell you crockpot lady you are like my favorite person right now! I just bought a slow cooker like 4 days ago, and I just bought because I was watching the food network saw it being used in a recipe and I just got the impulse, well my husband got the impulse I just went along. So after I got it I decided to find what to do with it and your page has saved my life! I have a 4 month old baby girl and you can't imagine howeasy life is when you don't have to slave on the kitchen! I already made the40 cloves of garlic chicken , the fajitas, and the stuffed apples, they were all GREAt! Right now I have the whole chicken in the crockpot for the morning and I'm doing the brownniea in the cup after! please get posting recipes even if the challenge is over!!!!

Stephanie O'Dea said...

Hi Faton,
oh yay! I'm so glad to be of some help to you and your growing family.
xoxo steph

Lori S. said...

I cooked mine on high for maybe 3 hours, and they were falling apart after that amount of time. Absolutely delicious! but a bit more like applesauce inside a skin than baked apples. So next time I'll keep a much closer eye. I didn't have have any cranberries on hand, so instead I threw in some lemon zest, and I left out the vanilla because I was serving them as a side dish with dinner and that didn't seem like the right flavor combo. They were amazing. Will definitely make again!

Essie said...

Hi Steph, this will be my dessert after having your delicious looking Roasted Cabbage and Potatoes recipe. I think apples go well with cabbage in a menu so that's perfect. I'm going on to look under your vegetarian tab to see what else you have to free me from that yucky old MAC'N'CHEESE. Please do not write a book of mac'n'cheese recipes. There are too many mac'n'cheese recipes out there already!

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