I bought a bunch of Granny Smith apples a few weeks ago, and I was disappointed. I suppose I really shouldn’t have been, it’s not apple season. However, this doesn’t mean that apples can’t be used for cooking; in fact this seemed like a good idea. So, as I continue on my quest for slow cooker desserts, I’ll add this recipe to my list of “things acceptable for guests.”
Cinnamon Apples and Pears
- 3 cooking apples, cored and sliced (1 1/2 pounds)
- 3 ripe pears, cored and sliced (1 1/2 pounds)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 2 (3-inch) sticks cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
Core and slice apples and pears; place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Sprinkle with lemon juice, tossing to coat well.
Combine butter, maple syrup and brown sugar; spoon over fruit. Add cinnamon sticks, raisins, and pecans; stir gently.
Cook, covered, on LOW 3-4 hours.
Remove cinnamon sticks before serving.
Notes from my experience:
This was a very easy recipe and I bet that you could add peaches, but I’d do that only for the last hour of cooking.
I did not use the raisins or nuts: I don’t like nuts in my desserts.
I had it over vanilla ice cream–great for summer!
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