All you need are apples, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla extract and a crockpot. It's a recipe for apple confit that comes from Eating Well. In a small crockpot, I added 3 Jonagold apples, 2 tablespoons of vanilla sugar, a 1/4 tsp cinnamon and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, then cooked on high for 2 hours.
I've been not-so-patiently waiting for a plumber to arrive today between the very vague hours of "late morning to early afternoon," and decided to make a layered sundae with walnuts and my favorite Breyers vanilla ice cream, while I waited. The combination tasted just like apple pie, minus the crust.