Tuesday, October 23, 2012

APPLE BUTTER

 

 
Who doesn't like a sweet treat at 3 o'clock in the afternoon?  I know I do especially when I am at work grinding away at the computer.  It's so easy to go to the store and pick up your favorite sweet spread too.  Trader Joes has a so many fabulous treats to try but why not try making your own.  This recipe is so easy you'll wonder why you never tried it before.  This came out so deliciously yummy, you have to try it.  I adapted my recipe from Oh She Glows... I love this recipe.
 
You can use tart or sweet apples or mix them together.  I used sweet.  Also, you can make small or big batches.  So here's what I did:
 

APPLE BUTTER

Ingredients and directions
 
Wash and core 5 apples and chop them up in big chucks.  Place into your slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours.  You can add a little apple juice to it to help prevent it from sticking.  Stir it a few times throught the cooking time to prevent sticking as well.
 

 
After the 4 hours, turn off the slow cooker and mash the apples up with spatual or spoon with the peels on.  At this point they should be soft enough.  It will look like apple sauce.  Let it cool slightly and pour it into a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  You want to make sure you blend in the peels too until it is smooth, so you may have to do it in two batches depending on how much you are making.  It will look like really smooth apple sauce.
 
Blender
 
Back into the slow cooker...
 
There's one last step.  Put the mixture back into the slow cooker and cook on high for 45-75 minutes.  Turn off the heat and add in 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and juice from 1/2 a lemon.  Let it cool and store in the regrigerator in an airtight container.  The apple butter will thicken up a little in the frig over night.  Makes about 3 cups.
 

 
Put the apple butter in glass jars and they become great gifts for friends! 
 

Serving ideas:

I love pairing this up with almond butter and eating it with my favorite bread or even topping this on my favorite oatmeal.  Here I topped it on some oatmeal that I mixed with almonds and craberries.  Delicious!
 

 
Enjoy!
 

Join the discussion!

Do you have a favorite recipe apple butter?  How do you eat your apple butter? Share it in the comments below. Links are welcome.
 
 


5 comments:

Britney Manuel said...

looks really delish! I wonder if I can do it without a slow cooker?

Britney Manuel said...

this would be a good recipe since I am going to the apple orchards this weekend to pick apples with Z.

Felicia said...

Britney, You probably can. Awww I've been wanting to do that. This is the perfect recipe for that. And makes a great food gift. xF

Anonymous said...

Since this is a Raw Life blog, here's a raw version: I put 8 apples in my Vita-Mix with the juice of one lemon or lime and 2 tsp. of cinnamon, blend, then pour into 2 quart jars and refrigerate. For spicier apple butter, add ground nutmeg and cloves.

Yum!

Felicia said...

Thank you so much for sharing that! Sounds delicious!! xFelicia

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