Spiced Apple Stew

Happy Fall. Its the season for apples, I counted there are some 7 different types of apples on display in TJ! Hillary just texted me to ask how to cook stewed apples. Well, this can’t be easier if you have a slow cooker. Its a 5-minute prep before you go to bed, and wake up to some tender, juicy spiced apple and cider the next morning.  They are heart-warming on a chilly weekend morning.


  • 2 big apples. I chose the Envy this time. Any apples with some tartness will do well in this recipe.
  • 2 cups water
  • 50g rock sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick, optional
  • 1 star anise, optional


  1. Cut apples in halves and remove the core.
  2. Arrange them in a large slow cooker, face up.
  3. Add cinnamon, start anise, sugar, and water.
  4. Cover, and set the slow cooker to cook on low.  6 hours is good. I cooked them for more than 8 hours this time and turned out to be a little mushy. Adjust the time according to how tender you like your apple to be.

Note: Ever wonder how to make applesauce? Mash them up with a potato masher and you get some super delicious applesauce

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