Slow-Cooked Apple Cherry Pastries with Vanilla Cream

Puff pastry shells and your slow cooker make it so easy to make this delectable dessert.  The shells are filled with a warm apple and cherry mixture and topped with creamy vanilla pudding...yum!
  • prep: 35 minutes
  • cook: 240 minutes
  • Serves: 12

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • 8 apple(about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding and pie filling mix
  • 3 cups reduced fat (2%) milk
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each ) Puff Pastry Shells, prepared according to package directions

Directions

  1. Grate 1/2 teaspoon zest from the lemon.  Stir the apples, cherries, sugar and lemon zest in a 4-quart slow cooker.

  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or until the apples are tender.

  3. Beat the pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl with a whisk for about 2 minutes or until the mixture is thickened.

  4. Divide the apple mixture among the pastry shells.  Top with the pudding mixture.

  5. Flavor Variation: You can try substituting other flavors of pudding for the vanilla, such as lemon or even cheesecake!

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