Fall is well underway here in New England. All the leaves are starting to change to beautiful reds, oranges and yellows. The air is cool and crisp. Everywhere you turn there is Pumpkin Spice and Apple flavors.
Apples in particular are huge during the Fall here in New England. Everywhere you turn there is an apple flavored food or beverage available. You want to go apple picking? Well, don’t worry, there are 12 BAH-zillion farms open for apple picking. I am not complaining though. I love apples. I particularly love going apple picking and gathering an absurd amount of apples to use in recipes for weeks to come.
One new recipe I attempted this year was Apple Butter. I love fruity spreads, jams and preserves. I cannot eat an english muffin anymore without having some sort of fruit spread on top. So, I figured why not try making some apple butter. I ended up using the last of my apples from apple picking and honestly I wasn’t sure exactly of the flavor since I used 5 different kinds of apples in my attempt. Luckily though it came out wonderfully.
Enjoy!
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Instructions:

  • 7 pounds of apples (peeled, cored and diced)
  • ½ cup sugar (granulated)
  • ½ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 ½ tbsp ground cinnamon 
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 ½ tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp cloves

 

Directions:

  1. Place the apples into the large slow cooker.
  2. Add all other ingredients.
  3. Cook on low heat for 10 hours.
  4. Stir every 2 hours (The apple butter should become thick & dark brown)
  5. After 10 hours, remove from heat.
  6. Puree the mixture on high in a food processor or blender for 1 ½ minutes.
  7. Return the puree to the slow cooker.
  8. Cook on high for another hour.
  9. Stir every 20 minutes.
  10. Remove from the slow cooker.
  11. Transfer to containers (I like to use mason jars).
  12. Refrigerate or freeze.
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Tips!

  • Apple Butter can stay good refrigerated up to 3 weeks and stay good for about 6 months in the freezer.
  • The apples I used were Golden Supreme, Honeycrisp, McIntosh-Red Max & Twin Bee Gala, and Cortland.

 

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