It’s been raining pretty much every day this week. The sound of the pouring rain made us stay on our bed and wrap ourselves with a nice, warm comforter. The lazy weather gave us the perfect opportunity to watch the movies we have downloaded for ages and to come up with recipes to match the cold temperature.
Last Sunday, Zane revealed that we have just discovered our slow cooker’s potential to make hearty, rich and tasty dishes. They say that a slow cooker can make just about any recipe you know. Now, we’ll put this notion to the test. Can a slow cooker handle making desserts?
I got the answer to my own question after making a slow cooked version of my favorite apple crumble recipe, especially for rainy days like these. It is usually prepared baked in the oven. At first I was afraid that the slow cooker will make the apples mushy but they were actually cooked to a soft texture. It’s just as good as the oven baked variety. Just take a look at the little piece of heaven on the saucer below – warm and cozy from the slow cooker stoneware. Don’t you just want to melt with it? You’ll be surprised at how incredibly easy and quick this recipe is to make.
- 6 large cooking apples, cut into chunks (peeled or unpeeled, whatever works for you)
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (cut into pieces)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 3 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon
1. Lightly butter the stoneware pot before placing all the apples at the bottom. Add the lemon juice to minimize oxidation.
2. Combine the all purpose flour, brown sugar, rolled oats, butter, cinnamon, cornstarch, nutmeg and raisins together in a mixing bowl.
3. Stir in the oat raisin topping mixture with the apples.
4. Cook on high for 2 hours.
5. Simply eat it straight from the pot to warm the stomach on these rainy days. Or you may serve with vanilla ice cream on top during the warmer months.
The oat raisin topping on this apple crumble is not exactly “crisp” as you can see since I stirred the mixture together with the apples (as opposed to simply putting them on top). I let them bathe with the caramelized sugar for them to become completely decadent and chewy. Nevertheless, it turned out amazingly luscious!