I just used up all of the apples we picked a few weekends ago. The below recipe is #3 out of the four we ended up making.
And I'm telling you...this one will become a Simon and Laura family tradition.
The recipe is for Baked Apples from Skinnychef.com. I want to make it clear that I did not seek out skinnychef.com, nor did I seek out "skinny" recipes. I found the recipe on Pinterest and it just happened to be from this site.
The recipe is simple: mix together a crumble of brown sugar, walnuts, margarine and cinnamon; core some apples and stuff them with the crumble. *Next time, I will make much more crumble than suggested by the recipe - as the apples bake, the crumble shrinks down, leaving the apple only half full of deliciousness.
Place the apples in a crockpot and pour in half a cup of apple cider or apple juice. This keeps the apples from burning and also provides a delectable juice to pour back over the apples when serving them. Cook for 3 hours on high heat and voila! Juicy, tasty, soft apples that fall apart when touched by your fork and are filled with sugary sweetness.
Simon's friend was shocked that we weren't eating them with vanilla ice cream, and he's right, these definitely call for some.
These apples made a wonderful warm and filling treat on a cold fall night. They are completely satisfying. Luckily enough, they kept pretty well, too. We stored the leftover juice apart from the apples, but even so, the apples continued to get mushier and mushier as the days went past, but not so much that it became a problem.