Slow Cooking Week: Breakfast Apple Crunch

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Breakfast Apple Crunch

Excerpted from 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Recipes by Suzanne Bonet

Cooking time: 5 to 6 hours on LOW, 2 to 3 hours on HIGH

Attention: Minimal

Apple Crunch for breakfast is appealing when the weather turns cold. The crunchy topping makes it all the more satisfying.

One 21-ounce (595-g) can cinnamon-and-spice apple pie filling
2 cups (244 g) Basic Granola (recipe below) plus a smidge more for garnish
1/2 cup (60 ml) water
4 tablespoons (56 g) lightly salted butter, cut into pieces
Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.Put the pie filling, granola, water, and butter in the slow cooker and mix well. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours.

To serve, divide the oatmeal among 5 cereal bowls. Sprinkle each serving with extra granola for added crunch.YIELD: 5 generous servings

ADD IT! Serve Breakfast Apple Crunch with milk or a dollop of whipped cream.

NOTE: The Golden Delicious apple is one of the best apples for cooking and baking. Interestingly enough, it’s not related to the Red Delicious, which is the best apple for snacking. Other common cooking and baking apples are the Jonathan, Granny Smith, and Rome.

NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS: One serving of the basic recipe contains 397 calories; 16 g fat; 5 g protein; 62 g carbohydrate; and 5 g dietary fiber.

Basic Granola
Cooking time: 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours Attention: Stir every 30 minutes
Basic granola—or designer granola! Keep this recipe simple for a plain but delicious granola, or pump it up with antioxidants by tossing in your favorite combination of dried fruits, nuts, and seeds.
4 cups (300 g) old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup (113 g) honey or maple syrup
3 tablespoons (45 ml) vegetable oil, enriched with vitamin E, if desired
Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.
Put the rolled oats, honey, and vegetable oil in the slow cooker and mix well. Partially cover, propping the lid open with a twist of foil or a wooden skewer to allow the moisture to escape, and cook on LOW for 21/2 to 31/2 hours, or until the oat morsels are roasted dry and golden brown, stirring every 30 minutes.
Allow the granola to cool, then transfer it to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator.
YIELD: 5 servings
NUTRITIONAL ANALYSIS: One serving of the basic recipe contains 390 calories; 12 g fat; 10 g protein; 62 g carbohydrate; and 7 g dietary fiber.

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