At The Breakfast Table – Overnight Stewed Apple

Over the last week, it seems like the mornings have all of a sudden drawn in and become very cold. For me this not a bad thing, I do adore the cold snap that has started to arrive, however thats doesn’t mean that I don’t feel the chill.

The last few morning have been a struggle to find something warm and cozy to get me through the morning, but is very quick to put together…..and Overnight Stewed Apple was born……..

Today you will need:

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4 Cooking Apples, the juice of 1 lemon, 2tbsp Cinnamon Sugar and a handful of chopped pitted dates

If you do not have cinnamon sugar, all you need to do is add 2 tsps of cinnamon to 2 tbps of light brown sugar.

Equipment Wise:

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Your Trusty Slow Cooker, Knife, Chopping Board and Vegetable peeler.

Another quick thing, if you do not have a slow cooker, all you need a s large saucepan. If you are making your stewed apple this way, I would not recommend making it over night, you will need to keep an eye on the pan.

So, lets get started……

First off, peel and roughly chop your apples and dates. If you are using a slow cooker, the bigger chunks you have the better. If you are making this is a pan, to make this process a little quicker, make your pieces about 2cm cubes.

Pop everything in your chosen cooking method making sure you put the lemon juice on the apples before the sugar. This stops your apples going a funny colour.

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Once everything is in your slow cooker, pop the lid on, set it to low and go to bed. Your magic breakfast will be ready for you when you wake up.

If you are using a pan, I’m afraid you will have to stay up for about 2 hours before bed time. Pop everything in your pan and leave your apples to simmer for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Once your apples have broken down a bit, pop the lid on the pan and turn the heat off under the pan. Leave the pan on the hot ring, hob point over night so a little bit of magic can happen overnight.

Now you have gotten out of bed refreshed and ready for breakfast………

In the morning, your apples should look like this:

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This is NOT burt! I promise!!!! The cinnamon and the length of time this has taken to cook makes the apple go a bit dark, but this is normal.

If you have made this in the slow cooker, you will have a yummy warm treat. If this is in the pan, warm up your yummy apples for a few moments just to make everything in and toasty.

Now you have these Stewed Apples, you can either eat them as they are (which I have done….and do on a regular basis), or you can make them into something a bit fancy…….

Adding these warm apples to cool yoghurt make for a lovely breakfast that is not too heavy.

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If you do not eat before you leave for work, and have a bit of a commute, I would recommend popping some of the hot mixture in a thermos with some oats. Screw the top on and buy the time you  get to your desk, you will have apple porridge:

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If there is any left over for the end of the day, I love to use it to make a crumble.

Well……I hope you have all enjoyed this rather versatile, minimal effort recipe.

Have a great weekend everyone. Enjoy your breakfast xXx

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