These baked apples with cider butter sauce, made in the slow cooker, are an easy winter dessert.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped dried cherries, apricot, cranberry or raisin
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 cup apple cider, or apple juice
2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tsp cornstarch
Core apples almost to bottom, leaving base intact. Slice off 3/4-inch (2cm) wide strip of peel around hole at top; trim base to level, if necessary.
In bowl, combine brown sugar, dried cherries, cinnamon and nutmeg; pack into apples. Place in slow cooker. Whisk together apple cider and butter; pour over apples.
Cover and cook on low, basting several times, until wrinkly and very tender, about 3 to 4 hours. Transfer apples to shallow serving dish and keep warm.
Whisk cornstarch with 1 tbsp (15 mL) cold water; whisk into liquid in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until sauce is thickened, about 15 minutes. (Make-ahead: Let apples and sauce cool separately. Store at room temperature for up to 8 hours or refrigerate in airtight containers for up to 3 days. Rewarm to serve.)
Drizzle sauce over apples.
Excerpted from Canadian Living: The Slow Cooker Collection by Elizabeth Baird. Copyright © 2009 by Transcontinental Books. Photography Copyright © 2009 by Jodi Pudge. Excerpted by permission of Transcontinental, a division of Random House of Canada Limited. All rights reserved.