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Apple Butter

23 Feb

Is there anything better than a large schmear of apple butter on a slice of fresh bread in the morning!? Every fall my family drives to a (relatively) nearby farm and goes apple picking. We come home with great memories…and buckets and buckets of apples!! At least a dozen of these apples are always put aside to become apple butter. We are barely even home from the apple orchard and my kids are already asking me if I’ve made the apple butter yet 😉 There’s very little work involved other than prepping the apples, and if you’re the canning type, you can even water-bath can the fruits of your labor.  (See what I did there? Haha)

Apple ButterIngredients:
1 dozen medium sized Apples, peeled, cored, and cubed.
1/2 cup Water
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Allspice
1 Large Dollop of Honey – roughly 1-2 TBSP

Directions:
1. Prep your apples.
2. In a large bowl, toss together the apples, water, brown sugar, cinnamon, and allspice. Mix them together well to combine.
3. Dump it all in your crockpot and cook on low overnight.
4. In the morning, stir the mixture in the crock. Put the lid back on but prop it open a little with a spoon and turn it on high. Let it cook on high for a few more hours – I like to go for another three hours or so to get the thickness and color I prefer, but it’s really up to what you like.
5. When you’ve tasted the apples and you’re happy with the thickness and flavor, turn off the crock and let the mixture cool a bit. Pour it into the blender (or use an immersion blender if you have one) and add a dollop of honey. Puree until smooth.
6. Pour it all into a mason jar or other air tight container and store in the fridge.
7. Enjoy!!

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6 Comments

Posted by on February 23, 2014 in Breakfast, Crock Pot, Easy, Homemade, Kids, Sweets

 

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6 responses to “Apple Butter

  1. Cassie H

    February 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Wow! I had no idea it was so easy. We love all things apple around here. Thanks for sharing!
    When you say “overnight”, do you mean 8 hours? more?

     
    • offthecuttingboard

      February 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      It really is that easy!! I would say eight hours would be enough for the initial cook. You’re mostly just trying to soften up the apples and melt the flavors all together. It’s when you prop the lid open and cook on high for a bit that you need to make your own judgement call on how thick or dark you prefer your butter.

       
      • Cassie H

        February 23, 2014 at 2:29 pm

        Awesome! I’m assuming longer= darker?

         
  2. offthecuttingboard

    February 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    That’s right! The longer you go, the thicker and darker the butter gets.

     
  3. Cassie H

    February 24, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Awesome. Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try this In the fall 🙂

     
  4. TheGreat Zambini

    March 3, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Yes, I love apple butter! Fresh apples themselves often taste kind of blah to me, or maybe I just don’t like the texture, but I really love apple butter. It’s great on cornbread muffins, and I continue making it with my grandma because yumminess and bonding mixed together is awesome 🙂

     

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