All photos by Kristen Doyle of Dine & Dish
As I sit by my window, watching the vibrant-colored leaves slowly drift to the ground, I feel completely wrapped in fall. The aroma of apple crisp, simmering away in my slow cooker, enhances the experience. To me, fall equals apples and pumpkin…warm fragrances and aromas… orange, yellow and reds. Most of all, fall equals comfort.
There is something about this time of year that pulls me to wrap up in a light blanket, with candles burning around me, and a great book in my lap. More comfort.
My kids even feel the fall pull. There seems to be more congregating in the kitchen, wanting to help with whatever is being made. They find warmth and joy being in the kitchen and it is my hope that when they grow and have homes of their own, their own fall memories will be entangled with flashbacks to our home and the family time gathered together, cooking.
I love to use my slow cooker for many reasons this time of year, one such is that it’s a safe and easy way for my kids to cook. With a few basic instructions and a simple look over their shoulder, they can experience the fun of creating their own dessert or dinner recipe with ease.
My 8 and 10 year old collaborated together to make this Slow Cooker Apple Crisp. It was great to see them work together and a few hours later, to get to reap in the benefits of hot, fresh, apple crisp.
Oh yes… I do love fall, don’t you?
|Slow Cooker Apple Crisp||
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1/4 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 cups Fuji apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, 1/4 cup of white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and salt together in a bowl.
- Combine butter with flour mixture and cooking oats and mix using a fork until coarse crumbs form. Set aside.
- Stir together 1/3 cup sugar, cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Place the apples in a slow cooker, stir in the cornstarch mixture; toss with apple cider and lemon juice. Sprinkle the crumb topping on top. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, until apples are tender.
What is your favorite thing about fall?