Thursday, November 17, 2011

easy spiced apples.

so today i took the day off from work, since i'd been superbly busy {& frankly a little cranky} the past couple weeks. i had envisioned a leisurely day full of naps, a visit to my favorite cafe, and catching up on my neglected DVR. instead i manage to book 3 photoshoots, attend the giants/salvation army holiday lunch {where i got to try on a world series ring!}, speak at a junior league meeting, and then hit the town for a little late ethiopian dinner. um...not relaxing. ;)

that being said, let's focus on something that DIDN'T stress me out this week - the above recipe! i hosted my book club on tuesday and needed a simple dessert that i could made in 10 minutes after work and have ready to go within 2 hours. these apples were SO delicious and perfect for the holidays! here you go:

{serves 8}

4 apples
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 heaping tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts
half a stick of butter
1-2 cups apple juice

halve the apples, cut off any stems and scoop out the middle with a serrated spoon or small paring knife {be careful!}. this part does not have to look good, just make sure there's a decent little dip in the apple.

in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts. melt about half a stick of butter and drizzle into the bowl slowly, stirring the whole time. after the mixture comes together, start spooning into the holes in the apples.

place the apples in your crockpot; it's fine if they overlap a little. splash in 1-2 cups apple juice over the top of the apples and into the base of the crockpot. this helps them soften up even more and not burn while they cook.

turn the crockpot on high and let 'em go for 1.5 - 2 hours. they end up looking something like this. these would also be GREAT with ice cream. mmm!


Claire Parker said...

And they were delicious! xoxo

the lovebirds said...

Thank you! I'm so excited to make these this week. xo