There are just some things that are a must during the fall. We have musts for food, musts we need to go see, and musts we must do. One particular must that I have in the fall is getting my hands on some beloved apple butter.
I always head to my way overpriced favorite Trax Farm to get my hands on some. There have been times when I find a farmer’s stand that sells it, and I always make sure to pick up a jar or two. I was also intrigued by what went into it, as it leads you to believe there is butter in it. Hint: there isn’t. I know, I was shocked too!
This year, I was feeling like miss Betty Crocker, and wanted to make my own. I have thoroughly been enjoying my crockpot, and figured I could make some in that. I researched around to see some main components, decided what I like, and went with it!
This requires little work, and the end result is fantastic. I actually made one batch, needed to tweak some things, and finally came to this. It’s great in just about everything, and believe me, I put it on everything. My favorite is good ‘ol piece of bread and apple butter, though.
– 8-10 apples of your choice. Choose sweet over tart. I chose Gala.
– 1 cup Apple Cider
– 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 tsp nutmeg
– pinch of ground cloves (personally I don’t like these, and they are quite expensive, so feel free to leave them out.
– 1/4 tsp allspice
– 1 1/2 TBSP Ground Cinnamon
Peel your apple, and cut into chunks. If you have an apple corer, feel free to use that, and then place in a food processor for a few seconds to break them up. Place the apples in the crockpot, and top with remaining ingredients. Give it a stir to mix it up. Turn on low for 7-8 hours. If possible, give it a few stirs throughout the day. After it seems cooked, and the apples are soft, turn off the crockpot, and place the mixture into your food processor. Depending on how much you have, you may need to do it more than once. I had mine in the food processor for 2-3 minutes so it all mixed up. I’m not a fan of apple chunks in my food, but if you are, feel free to do this for less time.
I made sure it was all smooth! Enjoy it your favorite way! Eat it plain, top oatmeal with it, make some toast, use a bagel, use it with graham crackers, bake with it. The possibilities are endless!
Note: I do prefer mine cold, and had to wait until it had cooled to make sure the spices were ok. Feel free to adjust those according to your liking! You may not like one and want to increase another; that’s ok! I did believe there was a difference in taste depending if it was hot or cold, so go with whatever way you will be enjoying it!