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There’s nothing more like fall than the smell of cinnamon and baked apples!
I’m back with another recipe made in my Crock-Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker! My last recipe, Baked Lamb with Baby Potatoes, was such a hit with everyone that I couldn’t wait to get going with another awesome recipe.
And because we’re knee-deep in fall and all things cinnamon, baked apples with a buttery brown sugar and cinnamon filling seemed like the perfect way to go!
I’m still in awe of how amazing this appliance is and I haven’t even touched on its slow cooker capabilities yet. Yup, my Express Crock is a pressure cooker and a slow cooker, because when our lives are going at so many different speeds, it’s great to have options. Speaking of options, Crock-Pot just launched two new Express Crock Multi-Cooker models, now available in 4-Quart and 8-Quart sizes, for more options than ever before!
With the pressure cooker function, you can have dinner ready 70% quicker than other cooking methods and with settings like brown, sauté, steam or even dessert, it means you’re looking at a one-pot clean up situation which I’ll take any night of the week!
As I mentioned before, I cooked a whole lamb shoulder in one hour when it would probably have taken 3-4 hours in a conventional oven for the same results. If you think that was fast, these baked apples took only 10 minutes to become soft, but not mushy, and perfectly cooked.
Before the apples are baked, they need to have the core removed. If you have an apple corer, you’ll have no problem. If you don’t you can use a small spoon, it might just take a little longer. Once the cores have been removed, the apples are filled with a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Just before they’re dropped into the Express Crock I topped them with some French vanilla granola.
Once the apples are done carefully transfer them to a serving plate. Be careful because they will be really hot and I may have burned my fingers on this one!
The final thing any baked apple needs is ice cream, so find the best vanilla ice cream you can and add a giant scoop on top of each baked apple. This is a huge dessert so find a friend who loves baked apples as much as you do, grab two spoons, and dig in!
Baked Apples with Cinnamon and Brown Sugar
- 4 large red Honeycrisp apples cored
- 1 cup unfiltered apple juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch of ground cloves
- 1/4 cup pecans chopped
- 2 tbsp butter cut into 4 cubes
- 1/4 cup granola
- vanilla ice cream
- Add the apple juice to the Express Crock with the cinnamon stick
- In a bowl combine the brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and chopped pecans and mix well.
- Fill each apple with the sugar mixture and one cube of butter on top.
- Sprinkle some granola on top of each apple.
- Place the apples into the Express Crock making sure the apples are sitting on the wire rack.
- Place the lid onto the Express Crock and seal.
- Set the steam valve to closed.
- Use the dessert setting and cook on low for 10 minutes.
- Release the steam and open the lid.
- Transfer the apples to your serving dish and top with vanilla ice cream.
- Dust with powdered sugar if desired and serve at once.