Baked Apple with Pecans and Dried Cherries for Slow Cooker Saturday

Hi folks. Well that was a mouthful. And what a delightful mouthful it was. Now these little beauties do not photograph well at all. So I apologize for that. I assure you the taste is out of this world and will make up for the lack of photogenic beauty. The colour just does not pop after cooking all day. So luckily the taste pops. I used Granny Smith apples in the hopes they would stand up well. I also thought the taste of the Grannies would be enhanced wonderfully with the sugar, fruit and nuts. Turned out to be a lovely combination and I have to admit I may have scarfed mine quicker than I could shoot the photos. So this is my version of the baked apple. Kimified with dried cherries as you know I love them. I was lucky to get any pecans in there as I was popping them in my mouth faster than I could chop them. Hope you enjoy. Before we get to them though I wanted to share some finds from my market trip this week. The farmers markets may be closed here but we have a lovely gourmet year round store that is stocked to the gills with yummy goods. Enjoy!

I scored some real treats this week. I love this little store so much. It’s just got some of the coolest items I don’t see elsewhere. Living in a small town is a real challenge culinary wise. It’s hard to find good quality items. Luckily the trip to the city is done often as it’s only about 20 minutes from us.

Okay so now on to baked apples. Hope you enjoy these and make your own. You can add just about anything to them which is always fun. Nothing says fall like apples. I’ll be sad when winter and snow arrive. Time to go buy a lottery ticket so I can make my coveted move to Hawaii! Warmth, I want warmth people! Sun, surf, half naked men…. oops, sorry that just slipped out. I meant sun, surf and sand. Yah, really I did.

Ugly but Tasty Baked Apples with Pretty Pecans and Cheery Cherries:

Ingredients:

4 Granny Smith Apples
4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
1/3 cup dried cherries, chopped
Cinnamon to taste
Nutmeg to taste
Lemon juice, about 1 tablespoon, used to keep apple from browning

Directions:

Core apple almost to the bottom, but not quite. You want to leave a little so the stuff you put inside stays inside.

Cut around the top so you have a smallish open to pack your sugar mixture in later.

Brush the part of the apple you have cored and cut with lemon juice.

Chop you pecans and cherries. I find putting the nuts in a small ziploc and whacking it lightly with a rolling pin effective and plus it’s just great fun to get your aggression out.

Now in a bowl mix your sugar, pecans, dried cherries, nutmeg and cinnamon (sorry Ann!).

Place the butter in the microwave for a few seconds to melt it.

Now add the butter to the bowl with the sugar and mix it all up really well. It will smell absolutely amazing. Do not be tempted to eat it. It will give you a tummy ache, trust me!!!

Now place your apples in your slow cooker. Obviously with the cut side up. (you never know, someone might do it backwards by mistake, lol)

Now scoop the sugar mixture into the holes in the apples.

Take about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of water and pour it into the bottom of the slow cooker.

Place lid on and turn on low heat setting for about 4ish hours.

Make sure it’s plugged in, trust me this is important!

Wander off and read my blog for about 4ish hours then go back to your slow cooker.

Remove and serve with a Lunatic smile!

I like to scoop out the juice on the bottom and pour it over the apples. Yummy goodness!

Here’s a little tutorial on how to eat a baked apple:

Take one ugly apple…
Slice into it….
Watch the pretty juices flow out….
Pace yourself, no one likes a piggie…
Take a deep breath…..
And dive right in….
See…ugly but good!

Okay folks that wraps up another Slow Cooker Saturday. I already have a wonderful recipe picked out for next week. Get your forks ready folks. You’ll need them.

Toodles and smoochies.xx

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Comments

  1. 1
    Torviewtoronto says:

    yummy lovely pictures looks wonderful

  2. 2
    Curry and Comfort says:

    I love all food finds!! What beautiful pictures. Your baked apple looks absolutely delicious. I bet you liked taking the step by step pictures as you ate it. Mmmmmm!

  3. 3

    Baked apple ..I make them often and with different stuffing.Those of yours are so yummy:)And you have stocked up on some great stuff;)

  4. 4

    I wish I had a source like you have so close! I live in the "boonies" and have a l-o-n-g trip to the city for such goodies! I'd love to score me some Dubliner! And I love Better than Bouillon. I'm sure I'd love the ugly baked apples, too!

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    **CREATIVE CARMELINA** says:

    saw your cannoli icon on bluebird notes' blog and could not resist, as an Italian, clicking on over here to visit you!
    I'm your newest fan! Stop by to visit with me too, if you've the time!

    ciao bella

    Creative Carmelina

  6. 6
    Anne@frommysweetheart says:

    Actually…I think these apples look beautiful! Especially the pictures where you are cutting into them. And the fact that you bake them in a slow cooker is so appealing. Looks like you had a great haul at your little store this week too! (And I love the new look of your blog!)

  7. 7
    healthyfoodietravels says:

    Sounds delicious! And baked apples never are pretty, unless they come wrapped in dough. :)

    Other than that, I may or may not be currently planning to steal all your cheese.

  8. 8
    Lindsey@Lindselicious says:

    Those look good, I love that you made it in your slow cooker! And what are you doing with all that cheese? Ooooh is it fondue in the crockpot?! I cant wait to see. =)

  9. 9

    I gotta say, Kim…those look delicious! The peel may no longer be bright green – but it looks incredible! I like the dried cherries – nice twist on the classic!

  10. 10
    Mother Rimmy says:

    My mom used to make baked apples all the time. I'd completely forgotten how delicious they are!

  11. 11
    Christine's Pantry says:

    Looks good.

  12. 12
    firefoodie says:

    Ugly but really really tasty I bet (and not even that ugly really). I'm a food shopaholic and envious of your purchases! :)

  13. 13
    Elyse @The Cultural Dish says:

    Your baked apple looks delicious! Not ugly :) I love baked apples and the flavors are so yummy.. I can smell your apples from here! :)

  14. 14

    If the recipe doesn't win anybody over, the pictures sure will do it! Lovely and delicious creation-well done Kim. As far as the pecan munching, you are not alone in that. Have a great day.

  15. 15

    These are not ugly! How dare you talk about these cute little apples like that. They look delicious. To me, brown food is good food. nom nom.

  16. 16
    Emily Malloy says:

    Wow! Wow! And more wow!

  17. 17
    Nami | Just One Cookbook says:

    Oh how funny – I thought these apples look great! I have never eaten apple this way and don't know how it is supposed to look, but this does look delicious to me! I like you wrote "score!" everywhere on the cheese! lol!!!

  18. 18

    Are we looking at the same apples here? They look wonderful to me! I'd eat them in a heartbeat.

  19. 19

    I could use a baked apples with pecans and cherries right about now. I'd also love to shop where you shop!

  20. 20
    Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family says:

    The pictures look fantastic, and I wish that I could just dive right in.

  21. 21
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Oh YUM! I could go for one of these right now! Love the cherry and pecan filling. Can you toss one my way? Oh, and the cheese, can you toss some of that too?

  22. 22

    Wow, pecans,apples and cherries so delicious.

  23. 23

    @torviewtoronto- Thanks so much!

    @Curry and Comfort- So much fun eating while taking pics. Thanks.

    @Dzoli- They are so good. It's fun to throw different things in them. And fairly healthy which is nice.

    @Rosemary- Thanks. I'm pretty lucky to live fairly close to the city. Although it's a small city so it's still a culinary black hole. I try hard though. Always scoping out new stores.

    @Carmelina- I am so happy you stopped by. I shall pop by and visit you tomorrow. So intriqued to meet an Italian who can cook things I struggle to pronounce. Italian cuisine is my absolute fave. We eat it often.

    @Anne- Aw, thanks for all the compliments. I adore using my slow cooker. I had fun with the new stuff for the blog. More tweaks to come.

    @healthyfoodietravels- Now that would be the ideal way to eat them. *hides her cheese*

    @Lindsey- Thanks. I am actually not a fondue fan. I have big plans for that cheese. Stay tuned. Hopefully it all turns out okay.

    @Ann- Thanks. You know me and cherries. It's like the yin to my yang.

    @Mother Rimmy- They are so good. You must be nostalgic and make them.

    @Christine- Thanks.

    @firefoodie- Thanks. I do have fun at the market. I have to really try to restrain myself some days.

    @Elyse- Thanks so much. They sure smelled amazing.

    @Tina- Thanks. I swear I can eat my weight in nuts per week. My fave thing in the world.

    @Grubarazzi- Lol, I apologize.

    @Emily- Thanks. xx

    @Nami- I was hopeful they'd stay green but no such luck. Oh well, they taste divine. I had fun with my pics. The joy of discovering picasa. Lol!

    @Nicole- Thanks so much.

    @Sandra- So good. You must visit and shop with me one day.

    @Rachel- Lol, I pretty much did.

    @Stephanie- Tossed an apple, hid the cheese.

    @Asmita- Thanks.

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    Jill @ MadAboutMacarons says:

    You are really too funny. Ugly? Don't agree, though. Reminds me of when I was a kid, granny used to stuff them with dates. Your baked apples are certainly pretty and cheery with the pecans and dried cherries. Wonderful!

  25. 25
    Corey @ Family Fresh Meals says:

    Not ugly at all! This looks sooooo amazing :)

  26. 26

    Late to the party, but I couldn't miss commenting on these gems! I adore baked apples and I'll arm wrestle you for the extra dried cherries…YUM. Fabulous recipe, Kim!!!

  27. 27

    Wow, this sounds awesome, and looks great!

  28. 28

    @Jill- I love when you stop by. I get a little starstruck. Glad you like them.

    @Lizzy- Thanks, scheduling an arm wrestle for when you adopt me.

    @Curt- Thanks so mcuh!

  29. 29

    @Curt- That would be much, not mcuh. Rofl!

  30. 30

    Such a great way to use a big batch of apples!

  31. 31
    {Epicurean Mom} says:

    Mmmmmmm! Not ugly at all, delicious!!! My girls would love this!! And so would we, of course! :)

  32. 32

    Yum Yum….I have had something like this before with oatmeal in the mix but who needs that anyway. I am going to try this this weekend.

  33. 33

    Love the addition of the dried cherries to the filling! These look great!

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