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For dinner, we are having something I posted before: Ground Beef and Bean Stew.   I have just linked something I’ve posted before for Slow Cooking Thursday, but I decided not to be so lazy today!  Yay, for me!  Ha!  So, today I am sharing something you don’t even really need a recipe for, is super simple, and makes you house smell great:  Baked Apples!.   I think pears would work equally well, but you may need to bake them for a shorter amount of time.  Hope you all enjoy it!

Head on over to Sandra’s blog for more Slow Cooking Thursday fun!

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

4 large baking apples

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon orange zest

1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 tablespoons melted gluten and dairy free margarine or oil

Scoop out center of each apple, leaving 1-1/2-inch-wide hole and stopping about 1/2 inch from bottom – a melon baler works well for this.  Peel top of apple down about 1 inch. Rub the peeled edges evenly with the lemon juice so the apple won’t discolor while baking. Mix orange zest, apricots, nuts, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in small bowl. Add margarine or oil; mix well. Divide mixture evenly into apple cavities.

Pour 1/2 cup water or apple juice in bottom of slow cooker. Place 2 apples in bottom of cooker. Arrange remaining 2 apples above but not directly on top of bottom apples.

Cover; cook on low 3 to 4 hours or until apples are tender. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Slow Cooking Thursday – Baked Apples

Thursday, April 17, 2008

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Thursday, April 17, 2008 – 04:38 PM
We love apples in our house. Thanks!

Thursday, April 17, 2008 – 04:39 PM
Sorry for the anonymous post above…

Thursday, April 17, 2008 – 08:22 PM
Angela, these sound wonderful. I have a whole bag of apples, and really should test them out! -steph

Friday, April 18, 2008 – 09:19 AM
Angela, I’ve made these in the oven before, but this sounds so much easier!  I’ll definitely give them a try. I just started a Gluten Free Basics series on my blog.  Check it out!~Sarah

Friday, April 18, 2008 – 01:59 PM
I love doing baked apples!  I’ve never used the orange zest or apricots before, though.  That sounds really yummy!  Thanks! 🙂
Michele www.frugalgranola.blogspot.com

Saturday, April 19, 2008 – 05:51 AM
This looks good. Thanks for sharing!  MJ

Sunday, April 20, 2008 – 03:47 PM
Never thought to add nuts. Sounds delicious.  For your daily dose of vintage goodness &amp; a bit of silliness, stop by <a href=”http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/”>Confessions of an Apron Queen</a>, the home of <a href=”http://anapronaday.blogspot.com/2008/03/light-bulb-moment.html”>Vintage Thingies Thursdays</a>.