Apple peeler, corer, slicer or a knife to peel and slice apples (Using the slicer will drastically cut the prep time for this dish)
Bowl or container to mix sugar and cinnamon (This creates some dust which can be irritating to some. Mix the sugar and cinnamon ahead and place in a sealed container to save time on cooking day)
Measuring cups (dry and liquid)
Large bowl for mixing apples (Much easier than mixing in the cooking vessel)
Utensil for mixing ingredients (Use a large slotted spoon or a spatula for best results)
Crock pot liner (optional for easy clean up if using the crock pot recipe)
Mix the cinnamon and sugar together. Peel, core and thinly slice apples and put them in the large mixing bowl. When you have half of the apples sliced, sprinkle half of the cinnamon sugar mixture and half of the tapioca over the top of the apples and mix well. Finish slicing apples and sprinkle the rest of the cinnamon sugar and tapioca over the apples. Mix well and pour into the cooking vessel. Add the apple cider and mix thoroughly. Place the slices of butter evenly over the apples. If using the larger, crock pot recipe, stirring half of the butter slices into the apple mixture makes a better finished product. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes or cook for 2-3 hours on high in the crock pot until the apples become soft all the way through.
Stir every 30 minutes so the apples cook evenly.
If you choose to lose less cinnamon sugar than you mixed, put in an airtight container. If you can’t find apple cider you can use ¼ cup cranberry and ¾ cup apple juice or once cup of apple juice with one tablespoon apple cider vinegar. For more seasonal recipes like this, look at Thanksgiving Turkey, Slow cooker Mashed Potatoes, Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash, Stuffing Recipe and Pumpkin Pie with Grain Free Crust.