Ann’s Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling

Ann's Slow Cooker Apple Pie Filling @ NancyC

Back in August, my friend Ann and her husband Steve were busy picking apples from their very own apple tree. And this year it produced quite a number of apples! Ann told me about an easy apple pie filling she was making with these apples. It’s made in a slow cooker, and after it’s done cooking and cooling, you simply put the mixture in a freezer bag, freeze it, and it’s ready for whenever you’re wanting to make an apple pie with your favorite crust, whether it’s homemade or ready-made. Or you can use it to make an apple crisp or cobbler.

Ann gave me the recipe, along with lots and lots of apples from her tree, so I could try it out. This pie filling is so good! After making my first batch, I ate some of it just as it was and decided, in addition to pie filling, it would also be great as a warm topping for pancakes, french toast, yogurt (top vanilla or plain yogurt and some granola with it for a great breakfast or snack), and even as a topping for ice cream. It also reminds me of those fried apples at Cracker Barrel–so I think it could work great served as a fruity side dish!

An added bonus it that this apple pie filling smells so wonderful as it’s cooking, especially after the first few hours–the apples, cinnamon, and other spices will give your kitchen a wonderful autumn aroma!


Makes one 9″ deep dish pie (or one 9″ square apple crisp or cobbler)

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 cups of peeled, cored, and sliced apples

In slow cooker, put 2 cups of hot water and whisk in 1/2 cup of cornstarch; whisk together until there are no lumps.

Add in the sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Whisk all ingredients together; then add the sliced apples, mixing everything together.

Cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally, then cool completely. After mixture cools, put in a gallon freezer bag and store in the freezer. Just take out when needed, thaw, and pour into a pie shell and bake!

Follow baking instructions from your favorite pie recipe, or if you don’t have one, you can bake at 375˚F for 50 to 60 minutes, until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. If it looks like there’s too much filling for the size of your pan, just use what you need–you can always save the rest of the filling to use as a topping.

This is the first time I’ve made my own apple pie filling, so I feel like I’ve really accomplished something! :) Have you ever made it?

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Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn

Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn @ NancyC

SallysCandyAddicitonWhen I think of autumn flavors, cinnamon is one of the first to come to mind for me. I use cinnamon in quick breads, muffins, cakes, all kinds of treats…and I guess that’s why this Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn stood out to me. I found it in my review copy of Sally’s Candy Addiction: Tasty Truffles, Fudges & Treats for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix. Written by Sally McKenney, the blogger behind Sally’s Baking Addiction, this book has over 75 recipes for wonderful homemade sweets and colorful photos of them that show how irresistible they are.

Just to give you an idea of what you’ll find in this cookbook, here are some recipes that were calling out to me:

  • Southern-Style Pecan Pralines
  • Chocolate-Dipped Cocoa Marshmallows
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark
  • Mint Truffles
  • Chocolate Sea-Salt Caramels
  • Salted English Toffee
  • Overloaded Cinnamon Spice Brittle
  • Pretzel M&M’s Puppy Chow
  • Birthday Cake Fudge
  • Crazy Candy Deep-Dish Cookie Cake

So you get the idea…so many yummy things to try!

And as I mentioned, because cinnamon has been on my mind with the arrival of fall, I had to try the Cinnamon Bun Caramel Corn. Inspired by a caramel sticky bun drizzled with vanilla glaze, this caramel corn has a yummy, slightly cinnamony caramel coating and it’s drizzled with melted white chocolate–a combination that’s hard to resist! Here’s the recipe if you want to try it…

CINNAMON BUN CARAMEL CORN from Sally’s Candy Addiction

Makes 7 cups

  • 7 cups air-popped popcorn
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 1 cup of white chocolate chips)
  1. Preheat oven to 200˚F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Spread the popcorn evenly onto the baking sheets. Set aside.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt in a 3-quart heavy-duty saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon until butter has melted. Next, bring to a boil while stirring occasionally. allow to boil for 5 minutes without stirring. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the baking soda. The caramel will immediately foam and bubble. Give it a quick stir, then stir in the vanilla and cinnamon. Pour the caramel over the popcorn and toss gently until all of the kernels are coated.
  3. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Allow to cool on the pans, then break apart large clusters if desired. Melt the white chocolate,* being careful not to overheat it. Once melted, immediately drizzle over the caramel corn and allow to cool.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container at room temperature in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.

*To melt chocolate in the microwave: Place the chopped chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and place the bowl in the microwave. Heat on 50 percent power in 15- to 20-second increments, stirring the chocolate between each increment (It took about 90 seconds for me to melt my 1 cup of vanilla chips). Also, Sally advises: When microwaving, you don’t need to completely melt the chocolate before removing it from the microwave, because the warmed chocolate will continue to melt as you stir it. Always stop early to be safe.

You do have to work fast once the caramel is finished cooking–pour it over the popped corn right after you mix in the baking soda, cinnamon, and vanilla; if you don’t work fast, the caramel will start thickening as it cools and won’t be as pourable–and your caramel corn won’t be coated quite so evenly.

Caramel Corn is one of my favorite sweets and I really liked how this recipe tasted. Are you a fan of caramel corn too?

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