Instant Pot Cracker Barrel Cinnamon Apples–-cooked tart granny smith apples in a brown sugar, butter and cinnamon sauce. A perfect treat that is healthier than a typical dessert.
Instant Pot Cracker Barrel Cinnamon Apples
True or false: I eat dessert every day of my life. True. It’s true. I can’t deny it. I need a little something sweet after dinner. It’s not always something crazy like trifle or chocolate chip cookies but at least a handful of chocolate chips or a bite of ice cream straight out of the carton. I’m definitely a moderator, not an abstainer according to Gretchen Rubin.
If you have a sweet tooth like me but want to eat more healthfully than you may want to try Instant Pot Cracker Barrel cinnamon apples. They are sweet, not overly sweet, and much healthier than cookies or cakes (since it’s fruit. Right??).
These apples reminded me of apple crisp without the crisp. They were delightful with a bit of vanilla ice cream served on top too (forget about what I say earlier about being healthier 😂).
How to make Instant Pot Cracker Barrel Cinnamon Apples
- Start warming up water in your Instant Pot using the sauté setting while you peel and slice the apples. You’ll want to use a baking apple like Granny Smith apples for this recipe. Otherwise they might not hold up to the pressure cooking. Other baking apples include: Braeburn, Cortland, Honey Gold, Jonathan, Fuji and Gala. You’ll also want thicker apple slices for the same reason.
- Place the apple slices into a steamer basket. By this time the water will be boiling. Turn off the sauté setting. Add the steamer basket full of apples into the Instant Pot and then pressure cook for zero minutes. Yes zero minutes. When you set your pressure cooker for zero minutes the Instant Pot will get up to pressure, then immediately switch off (it will switch to the keep warm function). Just because it says zero minutes on your display doesn’t mean the food will not get cooked. The food starts cooking while the pot is building pressure (and while it releases pressure). It will take about 5-10 minutes for the pot to reach pressure.
- Release the pressure using a controlled release. A controlled release just means you switch back and forth between venting and sealing. This is equivalent to how you open the 2 liter bottle of Sprite so that it doesn’t spurt and bubble all over.
- Remove the steamer basket from the Instant Pot. And then make a sauce of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon and cornstarch with the remining water in the Instant Pot. You’ll use the sauté setting for this part. It comes together almost instantaneously.
- Toss the apples into the cinnamon sugar sauce and enjoy hot with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or plain.
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Cooked tart granny smith apples in a brown sugar, butter and cinnamon sauce. A perfect treat that is healthier than a typical dessert.
Equipment needed: steamer basket*
- 1 ¼ cups water
- 3 large granny smith apples (mine were huge! you can use 4–5 small apples instead)
- 3 Tbsp butter
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp cornstarch
- Add water into Instant Pot. Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting so that the water starts heating up.
- Peel the apples and slice them into thick slices (if the apples are too thin they’ll get mushy).
- Add the apples into a steamer basket.
- Turn off Instant Pot (the water should be boiling by now).
- Lower the apples into the Instant Pot. Cover Instant Pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to zero minutes. When time is up move valve back and forth from venting to sealing in a controlled release until all pressure is released. Remove the lid.
- Move the steamer basket out of the Instant Pot.
- Turn Instant Pot to sauté setting. Add the butter, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg into the Instant Pot with the water. Stir well and let the butter melt.
- In a small bowl mix cornstarch with a tablespoon of water, stir until smooth. Add the cornstarch slurry into the Instant Pot and let it thicken the sauce.
- Turn off Instant Pot. Toss the apples into the sauce until coated. Taste apples and make sure they are sweet enough. If your apples are overly tart you may want to add 1-2 Tbsp extra of brown sugar.
- Serve apples and enjoy! These apples taste great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Instant Pot
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