Saturday, October 29, 2011

Food Friday!

It's fall!  And there is nothing that seems to go with fall as much as homemade Apple Butter.

So, I went to the local farmer's market last week and picked up some delicious Rome apples!  I also snagged some apple cider too.  Tastes just like drinking an apple!  Wow!

I started thinking about what to do with these apples.  I thought about apple dumplings and homemade applesauce.  But then I thought of apple butter.  Perfect!  Here's the recipe.

Crock Pot Apple Butter

Approximately 5 lb. apples

1 1/4 cups honey
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
Dash of salt
1 1/2 cup apple cider

1.  Fill Crock-pot 3/4 full with sliced apples. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed. 
2.  Cover and cook on low setting overnight or until the butter is of a thick, spreadable consistency.  Use an immersion blender or food processor to smooth it out if needed.

If apple butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until thickened. Stir often as butter thickens to prevent scorching.

Store in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Freeze for longer storage.

Variation:  Substitute 3 cups sugar for the honey for a sweeter butter.

For serious?  You need to try this recipe!  It will have your whole house smelling like fall.  And it's delicious too!  :-)

What's your favorite fall recipe?  Favorite crock pot recipe?

1 comment:

  1. I was given some apples a couple weeks ago and made a batch of apple sauce and then some apple butter too. Yummy! Keep your recipes coming, I always love being inspired by what other people cook.