Monday, October 7

Good Eating Monday: Slow-Cooker Apple Pie

Welcome to the first full week of October!  Here in Florida it will be dipping down to a nippy 55 tonight, but only tonight. Normal fall temps are upper 70's by day and lower 60's by night.
Getting down to those last couple mows for the year.
We're doing a fun thing this weekend! We'll be going to the annual Pier Park Pirate Festival at Panama City Beach, which is about 50 minutes east of where we live. It's every Columbus Day and we happened upon it by accident last year, but I wanted to go on-purpose this year!  We'll be donning our pirate garb and joining the fun this Saturday!

I've decided to try making desserts in my slow-cooker. Sundays is my "experiment with dessert day" so you may see quite a few slow-cooker desserts here!

Today's Good Eating Recipe is one I tried yesterday:
"Slow-Cooker Apple Pie"
It's apple season, so what could be better? Walmart had a 5lb of McIntosh apples on special, too!
(Good cooking apples for this recipe include Rome Beauty, Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, McIntosh, Jonathan, Winesap, Cortland, Honey Crisp and other seasonal fall apples.)
It turned out very tasty, though I wished I'd purchased some vanilla ice cream to serve with it. Next time, I will.
It looks pretty much like the picture below.
P.S. : you'll need a box of baking mix, like Bisquick or similar product, since you'll be using 1 1/2 cups of it divided into 3/4 cup portions.


Ingredients & Directions:
8 cups of apples, sliced thin (figure approx. 1 apple per cup)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
*Put the sliced apples in slow cooker sprayed with cooking oil spray, add cinnamon & nutmeg, then lightly toss apples to coat.

*Next, in a bowl combine & whisk together:
2 beaten eggs
 3/4 cup milk
1 Tbsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar 
3/4 cup baking mix
*Pour this mix over the apples in the slow cooker, but do not stir.

*For topping combine in a small bowl:
3/4 cup baking mix
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 Tbsp butter
* Cut butter into dry ingredients until crumbly. Evenly sprinkle this over top of apple mix in slow-cooker. (Do not stir.) Place lid on cooker, set on low and cook 6 hours. Serve warm with ice-cream or whipped cream.

Having made recipe I suggest the following improvements:
To the apple slices: add a handful of raisins and/or 1/4 cup chopped nuts. (if you like raisins and/or nuts)
To the topping:  add 1/4 cup rolled oats and try reducing the quantity of butter to 4 Tbsp for starters.
I say this because I thought the topping turned moist and gummy rather then crumbly. If you think you still need the 5th, you can add it as you go.
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Eat up, me hearties, yo-ho!

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