Happy 37th birthday to my beautiful husband! This year instead of making him a cake, I thought that I would make him one of his favorite pies…an apple pie. Now it might come as a surprise to many, but I have never cooked a pie before. I seriously thought about making the crust myself…but then reality set in and I said to myself, “Why mess with perfection? There is a reason why Pillsbury tastes so good!” So, I bought the crust in the refrigerated section at Publix and then proceeded to make the pie filling. I remembered seeing a recipe a while back ago in the Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook and I knew that it would be perfect.
- 6 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cut into eighths and then sliced thin
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
- 1.2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries (I used Craisins)
- 1/4 cup butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Combine apples and lemon juice in a 4 quart slow cooker; toss well to coat. Add brown sugar and next 5 ingredients, combining well. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours. Stir together water and cornstarch in a small bowl; stir into apples. Cover and cook on low 3 more hours or until apples are tender.