Apple Butter Goodness
The air is crisp, the evenings are getting darker and it takes all of your power to get out of your nice warm bed in the mornings. The changing of seasons is here and with it comes great traditions and amazing food. Today I’m spilling the secrets to one of my all time favorite autumn recipes APPLE BUTTER!
The process is a tad on the long side, but only because this delicousness is filling your house with the greatest smell as it hangs out in the good old crockpot for
2 hours, 4 hours, 8 hours! Yes, you read that right 8 hours! This stuff is SO GOOD and it won’t be around for long after you are done making it.
I promise this is really NOT HARD and you can make a bunch at one time to share with some of your favorite people. So, lets get to it!
What you need:
roughly makes 1 pint
12 of your favorite type of apples, I usually use fuji
1/2 cup of water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon all spice
I often add a little more sugar, cinnamon and all spice to taste as I go.
Step One: Rinse your apples, and get ready to peel, core and chop them.
Time Saver: Have you seen Apple Peelers before? My boyfriend found this one at Bed Bath and Beyond and not only does it save time it’s SO COOL! You stick your apple on the end and as you turn the handle this gadget peels, cores and slices your apple all at the same time, I am sorry, what?! Added bonus they aren’t that expensive, check them out here!
Step Two: Once you have all your apples peeled, cored and chopped get your sugar and spices ready.
Step Three: Mix the sugar and spices with your apples and start to see the goodness coming together!
Step Four: Place your seasoned apples into a crockpot with a 1/2 cup of water. Set your crockpot on low for about 4 hours, your house will slowly start to smell more and more amazing! Stir occasionally and after 4 hours on low, turn it up to high and set for another 4 hours. While everything is in the crockpot take a taste test every once in awhile, this is when I usually add a little more of this and a little more of that until it’s tasting just right.
After your apples have been in your crockpot for about 8 hours they should look something like this.
Step Five: Put the goods into a blender and blend until it’s nice and smooth.
Oh yaaaa, like this!
Step Six: Pour your delicious creation into canning jars, fill them up or separate it into a few jars if you are nice enough to share. You thought licking your bronnie spoon hit the spot? Wait until you take a shot at your apple butter spoon! I could easily eat this as is!
That’s it! Like I said, this takes a little while, but not because it is hard and it is so WORTH IT! Apple butter is delicious on toast and even better on a bagel with half cream cheese and this magic on the other half—seriously—it is a dream. So try it out, share some with your friends and family and let autumn sink in!
I hope you enjoy one of my most favorites!
XO | SM