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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Crockpot Baked Apples

I can't believe a month has passed already!  Last month I posted an apple recipe and, well, I'm using apples a lot these days so I'm posting another today.  We love making trips to the local orchard and trying all the different types.  When I have just a few apples leftover after making pies, applesauce and jam I love to make baked apples.  There's nothing better on a fall evening than a warm apple with sweet-crunchy-gooey filling and a dollop of whipped cream melting into the center.

With the cooler weather, I'm also finding comfort in using my crockpot more often.  Although I think of using it for soups and main dishes, I tend to forget there are dessert recipes that are just as delicious cooked in it.  So, while dinner is cooking in the oven, you can start these in the crockpot and they'll be ready for dessert! This recipe is easily halved if need be.

Crockpot Baked Apples
serves 6

6 large baking apples
1/2 cup golden or regular raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/4 cups apple juice or apple cider

Wash and core the apples.  In a medium-size bowl, stir together the raisins, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.  Carefully fill the apples and place the apples, standing up, in the slow cooker.  Pour the juice or cider on the bottom of the cooker.  Cover and cook 2 1/2 - 3 hours on low, until apples are tender.

Remove the apples using a spatula.  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

I'll be back next month with another recipe.  Until then, you can find me at Life At Cobble Hill Farm or Simple Farmstead Cooking!

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