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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Crockpot apple crumble

I love my crockpot :)  With all of our appointments and school drop-offs and pickups and playgroups and therapy and whatever else, we spend a lot of time out and about.  It is really nice to toss something in and come home to a ready to eat meal, side, or dessert :)  Yesterday I decided I really needed to use up the rest of the apples from the orchard--they were starting to get a bit wrinkly.  Still good, just not as crisp and fresh as they were when we picked them :p  Perfect for cooking!

S helped me prepare this--he loves to help cook (he is hoping to become a good enough cook to tryout and get on Masterchef.  He really wants to meet Gordon Ramsay).

First, we sprayed the inside of our crock with a bit of olive oil.  We peeled and sliced a couple of pounds of apples (we have a big crockpot so we made a big batch).  We have one of those slicer-thingies that cores and slices the apples at the same time so it made things go a lot faster--peel, press our thingie through the apple, toss slices in crock.

Next step was to add in a half cup of sugar, a teaspoon of cinnamon (this is very light on the cinnamon--I am very sensitive to it and if there is too much, I get ill.  A touch of cinnamon gives the flavor without bothering me.  I think normal people would probably use a tablespoon or two of cinnamon?), and a half teaspoon of nutmeg.  We mixed it all together and then prepared our crumble topping.  

One and a quarter cup of oat flour, one cup of whole oats, a cup of brown sugar, and about three fourths a cup of chopped nuts (we used walnuts).  Mix it up and spread evenly across the top of the apples.  Slice up a stick of butter and place pats in crumble topping.  Put on the top and cook for three and a half hours on high.  After three and a half hours, take the lid off but let it continue cooking until the topping gets to the crispness you like (we went about another half hour for ours).
This was a huge hit and S wants to know if we can go apple picking again right away so we can make more LOL