Disclaimer: this is not really a post about the twins. It’s just Tuesday and Leah had a LITTLE to do with making the apple butter.
As you know we went apple picking on Saturday. I had a blast, the kids are well they are tweens and a teen so…. While heading home we needed to figure out what to make with the bushel of apples we picked. I gave Leah the charge of finding an EASY recipe that she and I could make together. Apple butter was at the top of the list. I love apple butter and have only had it at the Waffle House (are they still cancelled?)
I really don’t know what I would do without Google… I know there is some evil in AI but there are some pretty awesome things to be found on the internet. A slower cooker recipe for apple butter was one of them. After a quick search we decided to used the recipe from My Baking Addiction it was quick easy and of course I did all the work. Leah was to busy on the phone getting her friend to ‘love’ Igor by Tyler the Creator. Myles could care less and Erick just kept saying ‘why apple butter’. I had to make a trip to Target to get an apple corer and found some pumpkin pie seasoning by McCormick. This stuff is heaven sent!!! I need to find out how to make candles and burn it! Any who the recipe calls for
- 6 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
I used half the amount of apples because I ended up giving apples away, but I kept everything else the same. According to the directions you put it in the slow cooker on low for about 10 hours (I did 6 because I didn’t have as many apples) you keep checking and stirring (I didn’t take any pictures) once the apples are all broken down you take it out and blend it to a nice smooth consistency and tada you have apple butter, which by the way has NO butter in it! It’s delicious. I had to look up ways to enjoy it besides on bread and found the following:
- Stir it into oatmeal. – will try this
- Top your pancakes and waffles with it. – will try this
- Use it instead of pumpkin or applesauce in recipes. – probably won’t try
- Set out a bowl with a cheese plate. – not gonna happen
- Swirl it into cakes or cupcakes. – great idea
- Brush it on chicken or pork during the last few cooking minutes. – worth trying to get rid of the jar I have!
I love trying new things and do so whenever I can. Now to find some cinnamon raisin bread and act like I’m at the Waffle House!!!
The picture at the top is the ‘cute’ presentation. This picture is the recycled bottle. You can see the flecks of the seasoning. Love it!