Well today is the last day of #Crocktoberfest 2013 and I am saving the best for last!! Today’s mission was to make a dessert in the Crockpot. To be honest I never made dessert in a Crockpot, but I couldn’t wait to try it out. I figured for my first dessert I would go with simple, flavorful and totally Fall themed. Are you thinking apples? You know I am! I thought I would make a healthy caramelized apples in the Crockpot and oh my gosh what a treat this dessert is! I’m drooling thinking of it!!
Oh my if you have never made apples in the Crockpot you simply must!! The apples are tender, sweet and tastes just like an apple pie without the crust. I love the taste of cinnamon and sugar together and on apples, it’s simply amazing!! This is one of the best Fall desserts I have ever made. Not only are the apples so sweet, but the sauce is friggen incredible!! I could just drink it!!!
This is so perfect for a Fall dessert or even to side with a pork dish. For the photos I topped with vanilla bean ice cream, but I have also added it to my yogurt and oatmeal. There are so many things you can do with caramelized apples. Eat it cold, warm it up, top in toast, put it in a taco shell, make a parfait. I could go on and on. However my favorite way to have it with warmed up and just a dollop of ice cream. I am so making this again and soon! Next week I’m going to Apple Hill, and I plan on buying a case of apples! I also took the next day off from work so I can make lots of apple goodies. I know I will be inspired and so excited to make apple dishes and believe you and me, this is one I’ll be making right away!! So I hope you like apples because the recipes will be coming soon!!
Last year when I went to Apple Hill I picked up an apple peeler, but it slices the apples kind of funny, that’s why the shape is not in perfect slices, but this made it so fast for cutting and peeling. But no matter what way you cut the apples, they will taste perfect. Oh and for the apples I used Fuji apples for this recipe, but honestly I think any apple you like will work.
To make I used almost 6 apples, I ate half of one. 🙂 I cut, peeled and cored them and place in a Crockpot. I added lemon juice, cinnamon, apple cider, stevia, only 1/4 cup brown sugar and a pinch of cornstarch to thicken it up. The apples really thicken up once cooled. I think this is a pretty healthy dessert and even though the sugar content is high, it’s only because apples contain natural sugar. So don’t let that scare you away! This is a way to have your apple pie without all of the calories!! I didn’t miss the crust on this recipe at all!
- Serves: 5 cups
- Serving size: 4 - 1 heaping cup
- 1½ lbs apples (5½ large apples), cored, sliced
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 tsp. cinnamon, ground
- ½ tsp. nutmeg
- ¼ cup brown sugar or to taste
- 1½ tsp. stevia (3 pkts.)
- 1 cups apple cider
- 2 tbsp. cornstarch
- Spray the inside of the Crockpot with cooking Spray.
- In the bowl of the Crockpot, add apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and sugars. Mix until mixture is all over the apples.
- In a measuring cup add apple cider and cornstarch. Pour over the apples.
- Set the apples on low and cook for 3 - 4 hours until apples are tender. Half way between cooking time, stir the apples.
- Serve with ice cream or in yogurt, oatmeal or as a side dish with pork.
I just LOVE this dessert!! I’m still drooling! I think this is one that should go on everyone’s Fall dessert rotation. I stored my apples in a mason jar in the fridge. They should last at least a week. For me, they lasted two days. So good! I wish I had a big bowl right now!
Well I hope you enjoyed the Crockpot recipes this week from me and my fellow bloggers. I really love using my Crockpot and after this week, I plan on using it more.
Have a great weekend!
I’ve teamed up with some of my friends to bring you a great list of slow cooker dessert recipes today! There are 10 scrumptious recipes to check out today. If you love slow cooker dishes then check out #crocktoberfest2013 on facebook, twitter, and instagram to find all the other recipes that were shared this week.
Pumpkin Rice Pudding from Around My Family Table
Crock Pot Baked Apples from Eat Drink Love
Crock Pot Pumpkin Coffee Cake from A Night Owl
Slow Cooker Moist Chocolate & Caramel Cake from 365 Days of Crockpot
Crock Pot Tapioca Pudding from Juanita’s Cocina
Crock Pot Tiramisu Bread Pudding from Cookie Monster Cooking
Cherry Cobbler in the Slow Cooker from Curry & Comfort
Crock Pot Rocky Road Chocolate Cake from White Lights on Wednesday
Fudgy Peanut Butter Cake from Pink Cake Plate