Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Friday, September 6, 2013

Slow Cooker Apple Crisp

Hi everyone! I'm D from The Shady Porch. I've been married to my best friend/teacher-hubby for 34 years, and we have a sweet puppy named Sophie.
The other day a reader asked me, "What is Apple Crisp?" Having assumed everyone knew what Apple Crisp was, I was surprised! I still need to learn not to assume anything.

So...since it is apple harvest time at the Porch, I thought I would share my Slow Cooker Apple Crisp recipe with you. Every cook should have a recipe that's this good on hand for an easy, delicious treat.  Get your slow cooker out, and let's get started! 

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6 cups of apples - peeled, cored and thinly sliced 
1/2. c. granulated sugar 
1 T. cinnamon 
1/2 t. nutmeg 
1 1/4. cup flour 
1 cup of oats 
1 cup brown sugar 
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnut pieces 
1 stick of butter, sliced
Grease or line slow cooker crock. Using a zip-loc bag - toss apples slices, granulated sugar and spices until coated.
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Pour sugared apples and any remaining sugar-spice mix into crock and spread evenly. 

Side Note: My apples are from our harvest last year and had been previously frozen.
A quick note about freezing apples - I use an apple peeler that peels, cores and slices the apple all at the same time. I place the apple on the peeler's skewer, and start cranking the handle, the peeler does the rest. Once I've peeled, sliced, and cored my apples, I give them a quick rinse in a colander. A good shake to dry them, and into gallon freezer bags they go. I've used apples that have been frozen for up to a year, and they are still flavorful and delicious.

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In a medium bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar, and nuts. The nuts are optional and it's a good thing since I was out of pecans (my favorite) and walnuts. Pour the oat mix over the apples, smoothing into an even layer.
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Place the sliced pats of butter over the top of the oat mix and lightly tamp down with the back of a spoon. 
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Cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours, until apples are tender. Remove slow cooker lid for final 15-20 minutes to allow the top to crisp. Serve while warm. It is a sweet comfort dessert that is delicious on its own...or, if you have some, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  
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Over at The Shady Porch, I share lots of recipes ...many are passed down from my mom and my Gran, whom were both great Southern cooks. I also share gardening adventures, along with fresh-picked Garden Harvest Recipes. I have a passion for crafting too: everything from wreaths to gourd art. When you can, stop by The Porch and say hi. I love making new blog friends! Thanks, Danielle, for your kind hospitality!
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 Blessings, D@TheShadyPorch  
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Oh my heck that sounds sooo dang good! I just ordered some apples, via Bountiful Baskets, so I am totally making this. I am so ready for my house to smell like Fall! Oh and I didn't know about freezing apples. I am all over that now! Thanks so much for sharing D!

XO Danielle
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