Last week I spent a few early morning hours in my son’s Kindergarten class with eight other moms. We were in charge of baking 7 apple crisps with groups totaling 28 Kindergartners. It was a fun morning and as a work-outside-the-home mom I treasure the times I can re-work my schedule to see my son’s face light up when I walk into his classroom to volunteer.
Unfortunately, the apple crisps were being saved for the next day when the class was having a teddy bear picnic. When my son learned that the apple cinnamon smells making their way through his school hallways were not going to grace his lunch table we had a serious situation on our hands.
What could I do, but promise to whip up something apple crisp delicious when I got home from work that night?
Thankfully this recipe took all of 10 minutes to whip together including peeling and slicing the apples (I of course was well practiced from the morning activities however!).
Simply slice your apples and toss in lemon juice.
Butter your Crockpot.
Pour the apples in.
Mix up all the dried ingredients.
Add the butter.
Spread on top of the apples.
Add some paper towel to soak up the moisture and ensure a perfectly crispy top.
Cook and serve with ice cream or whipped cream (your choice!).
6-8 medium baking apples (I like to use at least half granny smith for their tartness)
1 tsp lemon juice (from the container is just fine)
2/3 cup quick-cooking oats
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ cup butter, softened (not melted)
Butter Crockpot on the bottom and up to the middle of the sides.
Peel, core and thinly slice apples, putting them into a bowl. Add lemon juice and stir, then pour apples into Crockpot.
In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well.
Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in softened butter until combined and crumbly.
Spread on top of apples.
Cover top of Crockpot with paper towels at least two-thick (this will absorb much of the moisture and allow your crumb mixture to get just the right amount of crunchy) then top with lid.
Cook on high for 2- 2 ½ hours on high.
Serve with real vanilla ice cream or real whipped cream.
Tip: This Crockpot Apple Crisp makes a fabulous dessert when your oven is currently holding a turkey. If you have a digital Crockpot that turns to “warm” when it is done cooing, you can whip this dessert up before guests come and leave on warm until you’re ready to serve.
Go Big or Go Home: To increase the size of this dessert use 12-14 medium-sized apples and increase to 1 cup oats, 1 cup flour, 2/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, ½ tsp. nutmeg and 2/3 cup butter.
Adapted from 365 Days of Slow Cooking.