Friday, September 30, 2011
Apple Butter (in the crock pot!)
This has got to be the easiest recipe of Apple Butter around. It's a set it and forget it kind of apple butter. The worst part is peeling the apples before you put them in the crock pot. I had originally made an apple pie to share with you. It was awesome until my 50mm lens broke and I was so heart broken that I stopped taking pictures all together. I made that pie with a sad heart! I will remake it, hopefully next week because it really is amazing!!! Until then, here is apple butter. Put it on anything you like! It's spicy, sweet and tart all at once. I made this with less sugar than most recipes call for. I just didn't want it too sweet. After it cooked down, it made two pint jars worth of apple butter. I have on in the freezer and one in the fridge as I didn't process them. They will keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks this way. You can also store them in smaller containers if you don't think you will go through a pint in that amount of time.
8-12 medium sized apples. Use any variety you have. I mixed it up.
1 Tbs. Vanilla Extract
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Cloves
2 tsp. Cinnamon
Peel your apples and dice them up. They don't have to be pretty.
Throw the apples in your crock pot with the Tablespoon of Vanilla. You want your crock pot to be full of apples so peel as many as apples as you need for that. Turn your crock pot on low and cook for 6-8 hours. Check it every couple hours to give it a stir and see where it's at. Mine was done more around the 6 hour mark but I think my crock cooks things a bit quicker than others. It will look like this:
Add your white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves. Give it a stir and cook another 5-6 hours. Mine was ready at about 5. Also stir it around every once and a while. Mine seemed to need it...yours might not!
At this point your house will smell amazingly and your crock pot will look like this!
When you spoon this into containers, please be careful. I don't want you to drop any of this hot stuff on your hand....because that might hurt a lot and make you want to scream and throw your hand around like a crazy lady. It didn't happen to me or anything but just be careful.