Introduction: Apple Pie in a Slow Cooker
Growing up, we had several apple trees in our garden, and so every fall there was always plenty of apples. I remember mom making all sorts of amazing food with them, from jams to pies. When I later found out the slow cooker could be used for apple pie as well, I decided to give it a go, and share the steps with you people!
Ingredients for 2 decent sized portions:
- 4 cups apples
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 egg
- 3/8 cup milk
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla essence
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons softened butter
- 1/6 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
Step 1: Putting It Together
In a slow cooker, add apples, 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix.
In a separate bowl, add egg, milk, vanilla essence, 1 tablespoon butter, 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 5/8 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt. Whisk together. Pour over apples.
Clean out bowl from previous step. Now add the brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 1/8 cup sugar, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir in remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons butter till you get a nice crumbled blend. Pour into slow cooker.
You might want to add a paper towel on top before adding the lid and cooking. This will suck up some of the excess moisture. Make no mistake, this will not turn out crusty like a traditional pie. The paper towel helps somewhat though. Cook on low for about 6 hours. After about two hours your house will start smelling like a slice of heaven! Serve with whipped cream, or your favorite side.
Lessons learned: mine turned out slightly burned around the edges. As with all slow cooker meals that are somewhat solid, grease the living daylights out of the pot before you begin. I would suggest non stick cooking spray or just butter. I would also check the dish after maybe 4 hours, the time it takes to cook will vary on portion size and each individual slow cooker.
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