We all know that the best part of apple crisp is that crunchy buttery rich topping that blankets those softened cinnamon spiced apples. This is pretty easy to achieve in the oven (a dry cooking environment) but like anything cooked in the oven, you have to babysit it. The beauty of the slow cooker is the ‘set it and forget it’ philosophy. The machine does the work for you and most new models will even shut off automatically when desired cooking time is achieved. The only catch is that they create a pretty moist environment, which isn’t ideal for creating anything crispy. This problem is easily solved however by draping a few paper towels over top of the slow cooker before putting the lid on. This will absorb moisture and prevent it from dripping, ensuring the topping stays perfectly crispy.

Servings: 6
Cook Time: 1 1/2 - 3 hrs

Ingredients

  • Topping:
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • Filling:
  • Non-stick spray for coating dish
  • 5 or 6 apples, (about 3 lbs) peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Equipment

  • Medium bowl
  • Spatula
  • Slow cooker
  • Paper towel

Method

  • Place all topping ingredients, except butter, into a medium bowl and stir to combine. Add butter and mix with a spoon or your hands until the topping is crumbly with pieces the size of small peas. Set aside.
  • Spray the insert of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add the apples, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and lemon juice to the slow cooker, stir to combine, and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples.
  • Place a few sheets of paper towel over top of the slow cooker, making sure it covers the whole thing. Place the lid on top and cook on high for 1.5 hours or low for 2.5-3 hours or until topping is browned and fruit is tender.
  • Turn off slow cooker and let cool for 15 minutes. Serve, with or without ice cream.
Angela Nightingale

If you want to know the best cupcake shop in any major city in America, just ask Angela. This girl knows her sweets, and she isn't shy about letting you know that your german chocolate cake needs more chocolate. If you want to find Angela on any given day, she's probably looking up reviews to decide where to grab lunch, or in her downtime, binge-watching the latest 'it-series' on Netflix.

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