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!


1 lemon
8 apple(about 3 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
0.5 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 ) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Shells, prepared according to package directions


Grate 1/2 teaspoon zest from the lemon.  Stir the apples, cherries, sugar and lemon zest in a 4-quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours or until the apples are tender.
Beat the pudding mix and milk in a medium bowl with a whisk for about 2 minutes or until the mixture is thickened.
Divide the apple mixture among the pastry shells.  Top with the pudding mixture.