Sunday, February 7, 2016

Slow Cooker Carmalized Apples

Last fall Tim and our good friend The Landscaper went apple picking.  The Landscaper had all of the necessary tools for apple picking.  Our harvest was plentiful.  After making apple butter, an apple crisp or two, I froze the balance.

For our first Secret Recipe Club of 2016, I was assigned ButterYum.  Patricia, says, "I'm of British and Italian decent, the mother of 4, and I've been married to my wonderful husband for more than 25 years. I had always dreamed of going to culinary school, but reality hit when I married and started a family, so I took matters into my own hands and taught myself to cook and bake from scratch. I started with zero kitchen skills and now I teach cooking classes!"  How fun is that?!!

After enjoying a tour of Patricia's blog, I chose these Slow Cooker Caramelized Apples.  As a child, I remember enjoying baked apples with brown sugar.  This recipe is an even more delicious version of those baked apples!  I love that these can be made in the slow cooker, which is perfect for simmering these in the brown sugar and butter.  On the stove, they would require a constant stir and you would risk burning.  Served warm alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream ...  yum!

 

 

Slow Cooker Caramelized Apples

serves 10

Ingredients
  • 8 cups diced baking apples (peeled and cored)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 dash freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Put all the ingredient in a slow cooker and mix thoroughly. 
  2. Cover and cook on high until apples are tender, about 3 hours.  The yummy salted-cinnamon-vanilla-caramel sauce that coats the apples will thicken slightly upon cooling.  Cook uncovered for a thicker sauce.


    11 comments:

    1. I am so making this recipe this weekend...
      cooked apples... Mmm
      Great SRC choice!

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    2. Loving this, especially the slow cooker part! I bet it goes perfectly with some ice cream. :)

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    3. Oh wow!!! These look wonderful... What's not to like about baked apples?! Love the spicy sweet flavors... And there bonus, using the slow cooker!!!

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    4. What a great way to cook caramelized apples - with a slow cooker! Love all the spices in the apples and, I agree with CJ, it would be perfect over ice cream (I'm thinking right about now).

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    5. I have a whole big box of apples to use and this looks fantastic Julie! Thanks

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    6. So glad you liked the apples - I haven't made them in years... should definitely make them again while the weather is still cold. Thanks for linking back to my blog. Take care!

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    7. These sound wonderful. I definitely need to try cooking apples in the slow cooker soon - I would try right now except dinner is already in there!

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    8. Oh my, this sounds delicious, especially with a soup of vanilla ice cream!

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    9. What a great recipe! I have one for slow cooker baked apples that I'm making tomorrow. We're in the middle of some sub-zero weather and they'd warm me up beautifully.

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