I’ve enjoyed having a few close friends over this Christmas – that is what Christmas is all about – spending time with loved ones. Between both boys there were three hockey tournaments over the Christmas holidays so most of my time has been spent driving across town, not leaving me a lot of time to prepare for a dinner party. Over the years I’ve learned a few short cuts and quick tips and I know my weakness. I am no Martha Stewart when it comes to baking, decorating and presentation, so I rely on simplicity. Simple place settings, simple drinks, simple desserts and lots of love! Below is something I throw together and let it cook all afternoon in the slow cooker while I prepare the rest of dinner. At the end of the day you have delicious apple crumble and all you have to do is add ice cream. Hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and spending precious time with family.
Slow Cooker Apple Crumble.
courtesy of: scattered thoughts of a crafty mom
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped (optional)
- 1 cup cold butter cut into pieces
- 4 to 6 large apples peeled cored and thickly sliced (you want about 6 cups)
- 6 tbsp apple juice ( I didn’t have any apple juice, so used 1 tbsp lemon juice and the rest water)
- In a large bowl, stir the flour, oats, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and nuts together until combined. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender, fork or hands until pea sized lumps are formed.
- Place the apple slices in the base of the slow cooker and add the apple juice. Sprinkle the flour mixture evenly over them.
- Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. (make sure your slow cooker actually cooks on low- many of the newer ones actually run higher. If your’s cooks hot, you may want to shorten the cooking time.)
- Serve warm with a scoop (or 2) of vanilla ice cream