When I started this blog I intended on sharing recipes featuring ingredients that I’ve grown myself, but I’m going to have a fudge a little here for this recipe. I just can’t pass up posting my apple butter recipe because you need to make this. You need this apple butter in your life. So, even though I sadly don’t grow my own apples anymore (I used to have an apple tree when I was a little kid. That kinda counts, right?), here’s my make your mouth water apple butter recipe:
- 10 Apples
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 t Cinnamon
- ½ t Allspice
- Chop & peel your apples. Add half of the chopped apples into your crockpot.
- Add brown sugar, cinnamon & allspice in with your chopped apples. Mix well.
- Add in the second half of chopped apples to your crockpot & mix well.
- Cover & heat on low for 3 hours. Stir about once an hour.
- Turn the heat up to high & cook uncovered for another 3 hours in order to reduce the liquid quicker. Continue stirring once an hour.
- Apple Butter is done once the mixture is thick & dark. Draw a line in the mixture with a spoon. If the line remains & doesn’t disappear then it’s ready to enjoy.
- Gala & Fuji are our favorite apples to butter because they’re chock full of flavor.
- Use a whisk once the apples have softened to help speed up the mixing process.
- Use a blender for extra smooth apple butter.
- Add in more sugar & spices to your taste.
- Store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
- Try to butter up other fruit using the same method. Pear Butter is delicious!
Apple butter making has been a fall tradition of mine for a few years now. I like my autumns full of football & apple butter. I made my first batch of the season this past Saturday a few hours prior to the Notre Dame vs. Southern Cal game, so my house smelled like apple butter all game long. The smell of apple butter just can’t be beat & I recommend making it whenever you want to impress someone, especially if you’re trying to sell your house. I know that the standard house selling advice is to have a batch of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, but I think a house that smells like apple, brown sugar, cinnamon & allspice cooking is unforgettable.
My favorite way to eat apple butter is on a toasted & buttered slice of french bread. I’m practically Homer Simpson drooling over that combo right now, so I’m going to have rustle some up once I finish this post. The sweet & salty combination is just too delicious not to try. Apple butter is also good on crackers with cream cheese, mixed in with yogurt, topped over apple bread & eaten by the spoonful (don’t worry, we all do it too).