Crockpot Apple Crisp

Apple Crisp made in the slowcooker - yummy! A Pinch of Joy

Apple Crisp made in the slowcooker - yummy!  A Pinch of Joy

That bag of apples had been setting in the refrigerator for a few days. When I opened them with the intent of adding them to the bowl on the dining room buffet, I hesitated. Apparently someone had dropped the bag before purchase. Bruises and mushy spots on about half of them – meaning they had to be used. Soon.   I didn’t want to be caught in a “can’t quit now” situation with the paint brush to check the oven. Nor did I want to risk not hearing the oven timer. Who knows where the little stick-it-in-your-pocket-ticking-timer is. There are still boxes in the basement and in storage two hours away, so I’m sure it will turn up. Just not now.

Wheels took off for the nearest grocery for more apples to eat out of hand and a package of brown sugar. I’m replenishing the pantry according to sales cycles and brown sugar hasn’t cycled through yet. In the meantime, I pulled the crockpot out of the pantry, searched for how long to cook apple crisp and a conversion to slow cooking. That came down to pretty much a guess, but I did find a helpful tip about putting two layers of paper towel under the lid of the crockpot to prevent condensation from dripping back into the pot. The moisture is absorbed instead of making the finished product overly wet and sticky. The crust isn’t crunchy like oven baked, but it was not soggy either. Worth doing.

Wheels returned with the brown sugar. And several bags of other things. Apparently he was feeling the pinch of my reasoned and slow restocking process.  :-)   The apples had been prepared and were waiting, sliced, in the crockpot.   I added the brown sugar to the waiting bowl of other dry ingredients and cut in the butter using the pastry cutter.

Pastry Cutter - Kitchen tool worth having!

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t keep many pieces of specialty kitchen equipment, especially if there is only one purpose. The exception is the pastry cutter. Totally worth the storage space. Helps if the butter is still on the cold side – which also suits me because I don’t always have time to plan ahead long enough for butter to soften.  In a flash the butter was cut in and the topping was spread out across the waiting apples. Two hours later the dessert was done. Scoop it out of the crockpot to serve hot with ice cream. Next day slice the remainder and serve cold with a drizzle of caramel topping – scoop of ice cream optional. Delicious!

Crockpot Apple Crisp
 
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Sweet and tender apples topped with spicy crumbly topping, cooked stressfree in the slow cooker. Heavenly served hot with ice cream or cooled with a drizzle of caramel topping and a few walnuts!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 cups sliced apples, approximate OR 6-8 medium apples
  • ⅔ cup quick oats
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter
Instructions
  1. Butter or spray bottom and lower sides of crock pot liner
  2. Peel, core and slice apples. I used Gala but any firm apple will work.
  3. Mix dry ingredients together.
  4. Cut butter into dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly.
  5. Spread over sliced apples.
  6. Layer two paper towels and place on top of liner, setting lid into place over the paper towels. This prevents condensation from dripping back into the pot.
  7. Cook on high for 2 hours or until top is somewhat firm.
  8. Serve warm from crockpot with ice cream. OR let cool, slice and serve cold.

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Slow Cooker Apple Dessert

Slow Cooker Apple Dessert -- A Pinch of Joy

Slow Cooker Apple Dessert -- A Pinch of Joy

Slow cooker apple dessert is just that – a dessert. It isn’t a cobbler, cake or cookie. Just a nice fruity spicy snack or a not too sweet ending to a meal. This is a perfect dessert to make when you are working on a project at home because it makes the house smell amazing. Wouldn’t want to waste that cinnamon odor!!!

The dessert goes together really quickly! Pop it in the crockpot and do what you need to do! Dessert will be ready and waiting for you! The amount of chopped apple does not have to be precise. More apples just means the dessert will be more moist. Depending on your crockpot, check at 2 and a half hours just to make sure that the dessert is not browning too quickly. It is good warm or cold – my preference is cold because the flavors meld.   Don’t skip the topping because the cold, creamy smoothness really makes the other flavors shine!

Slow Cooker Apple Dessert
 
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 5 - 6 medium apples, chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ cup walnuts
Instructions
  1. Peel and chop apples.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder cinnamon and salt in mixing bowl.
  3. Add apples to flour mixture, coating apples lightly.
  4. In small bowl, mix eggs and vanilla. Add to apple mixture and stir until just moistened.
  5. Spray crockpot with cooking spray and spoon apple mixture into crockpot.
  6. Cover and bake on high about 3 hours.
  7. Serve with whipped topping.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples

Grilled Pork Chops with Sauteed apples-- A Pinch of Joy

Grilled Pork Chops with Sauteed apples-- A Pinch of Joy
A quick and easy recipe from Bytes!  This one is super fast!  You’ll need one medium pork chop per person.  A medium chop is 3/4 inch to 1 inch thick.  The ones Bytes used were about the size of my hand — maybe three inches across by about five inches long.    Grilling time is 5 to 6 minutes on each sideThe apples also take about 10 minutes to cook — no need to peel, just quarter, core and slice.  If your grill has a side burner, this goes really quickly.  Or you can cook the apples ahead of time and warm them just before serving with the finished chop.  Use whatever apples you have on hand, a crisp apple like Gala or Fuji is good.   Another Bytes’ Bite –a meal that is quick to prepare and clean up and move on to the evening’s activity! 

Grilled Pork Chops with Sauteed Apples
 
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Tender grilled pork chops served with cinnamony sweet sauteed apples.
Ingredients
Pork Chops
  • 1 medium Pork Chop per person
  • Seasoning to taste
Sauteed Apples
  • 1 apple for each two pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon butter for each apple
  • Cinnamon to sprinkle on apples, ¼ teaspoon or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup per apple for drizzling, optional
Instructions
Pork Chops
  1. Preheat Grill to medium heat and cook chops about 5-6 minutes on each side. Internal temperature should be about 145 degrees.
Sauteed Apples
  1. Quarter apples, then core and slice.
  2. Melt butter in medium skillet and add apples.
  3. Cook over medium heat and stir gently every couple of minutes, until apples are tender but not soft.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon over apples and drizzle with honey or maple syrup, if desired.
  5. Serve warm over hot pork chops.
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Serving size: One pork chop plus one half apple

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