Homemade Apple Butter

As mentioned in my previous post, it is truly fall! This past weekend we made our annual (first) trip to the Apple Orchard. I say first because we typically go two or three times! This year did not disappoint.

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IMG_8287.JPG Couldn’t resist putting this comparison of 2012 and 2014! What a difference two years makes.. But before I start crying over “where’d my babes go?!” we need to talk apples!!

This year we picked 16lbs of apples, mainly Cortland and a few Red Delicious per Eric’s request. Now the fun could begin…what to make! Last year I wanted to try a hand at Apple Butter and never got around to it. So this year I wanted to be sure and make it first thing!

I found this recipe and decided to give it a try. All I can say is wow-ridiculously yummm!!! And I thought applesauce smelled amazing?! Not even close to the delicious aromas from apple butter. Our house smelled like an autumn heaven! Bookmark, pin, write or however you remember, this recipe. This is an absolute must for fall cooking!

ingredients
Apples, peeled, cored and cut into lg sections (enough to fill your crockpot)
1 1/3c sugar
1 1/3c light brown sugar
1 TB cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 TB vanilla
2 tsp lemon juice

Fill your crockpot with apple chunks. Combine 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of brown sugar (reserve the rest for later), cinnamon,nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a small bowl. Pour spices on top of apples and put lid on crockpot.

IMG_8314.JPG. Cook on low for 1 hour then stir the spices so that all he apples are completely covered. Then replace lid and let it cook for 10 hours. The apples should have cooked halfway down your crockpot. At this point stir the Apples and stir in vanilla and lemon juice. If you feel that your apples are not sweet enough add remaining sugar until it’s to your liking. I added a bit more since cortlands are quite tart.

IMG_8318-0.JPG. Continue cooking apples on low uncovered for 2 more hours. This allows the liquid to evaporate a and your butter to really thicken. Then, pour apples into a blender to get your butter nice and smooth.

IMG_8319.JPG. Pour into mason jars, I used 8oz containers, leaving some breathing room at the top.

We decided to gift most of ours to our sweet sweet neighbors and Liesel’s teachers. We made some yummy biscuits to go with them. Here were our finished products

IMG_8321.JPG. The girls loved delivering them!

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Happy Fall to you all!!!

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