I have a Pampered Chef Apple Peeler, Corer, Slicer. Hands down one of my favorite tools from that company. Preparing the apples is a cinch with this tool! If you don't have a Pampered Chef Rep, I can hook you up = )
To make this, I used something called Morena Unrefined Cane Sugar. I don't usually use cane sugar, but this said NON-GMO and I decided to try it and see how I react with it - except I had a few bites of some GF Birthday Cake today, so I will probably not get a "true" reading. I will also be adding variations from my original recipe to this. One because I have a case of apples and two, I want to use ingredients that most people have.
Here We Go!
6 Cups Baking Apples
1/2 Cup Raisins or maybe Cranberries (either one, optional)
1/2 Cup Morena Sugar (or regular sugar)
1/4 Coconut Nectar (or Brown Sugar)
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 - 1/4 Nutmeg (depending on your preference)
Peel and slice apples, in a bowl, mix with the rest of the ingredients and let them sit in the fridge for at least four hours or overnight.
1 Stick of Butter (or alternative) Melted
After the apples have set (I just know there is a special name for this), put them in the crockpot. Pour melted butter over the top and then prepare the following.
1 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Oats
1/8 - 1/4 tsp Salt (start small)
1/8 Cup Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
(You could add nuts if you like them....I like them, just not really in my baked goods, unless they are ground up.)
Mix these ingredients together in a separate bowl OR if you cook like me, and don't want extra dirty dishes, you just dump it all in over the apples and butter.
I stirred EVERYTHING together, and I DID NOT grease my crock pot. I thought I was cooking it on low for 4 hours, BUT someone helped me out and turned it up while I was at the movies. So it cooked a little more than I think it should have cooked, BUT it definitely did not affect the taste - it was probably just a little mushier and carmalized around the edges. It was oh so yummy!! I had some whipping cream laying around because I was going to make some Lighter Than Air Chocolate Cake, but I hadn't gotten around to it, and I didn't think I was going to any time soon, so I figured we had better use the cream. Some people would put ice cream on it, but I didn't have any special ice cream made, so the kids poured regular ole cream on it, and loved it!
*Update: Without the help of turning up the heat, I cooked this on low for 5 hours and got a good soft mush, and at 4 hours the apples were soft and still in tact. So depending on how you would like your apples, check at 4 and go from there! = )