Monday, September 20, 2010

Apple Butter - this is what Fall tastes like!

Living in Minnesota - there are Apple trees all around. But did I get my apples off a local tree? No. I wanted to, but the one person we know with a tree - only had little tiny apples.

So - I used Granny Smith Apples from the grocery store. Maybe next year I'll use local apples.

Anyway, you must try this recipe! It is so delicious!!! We all had it on toast this morning for breakfast... YUM!

You will need:
5 lbs Apples - finely chopped
3 cups white sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt

Add chopped apples to the crockpot. Add remaining ingredients and stir.

Cook on high for 1 hour - then turn to low for approx 6 - 8 hours. Stir occasionally.

Once it looks like it has cooked down enough, remove crockpot lid and cook for another hour until the right consistency.

(sorry about picture quality... I cheated and used my phone)

Scoop into clean jars and refridgerate. Don't forget to eat some on toast while it's still warm. You will melt, trust me. The toast is just the 'vehicle' to get this into your mouth as fast as you can.

You can also give to friends if you are willing to part with it.

Wouldn't one of your neighbors love to find a jar on their doorstep this holiday season? Maybe bring a jar for the host of an upcoming holiday meal?

EDIT: I should also tell you - you can store in the fridge for 3 months or in freezer for 6mths. OR if you want to "can" the jars - you would boil in a canner for 10 minutes. (10min at 15% pressure for a pressure canner)

Seriously.. give it a try. You will be happy you did. Pin It


Monica said...

Great minds think alike because I love making apple butter too! This summer I also made fruit butter in peach, pear, and plum. They're all going to be gifts for my husband's coworkers.

Maxine said...

How long will the apple butter keep in the fridge? Your recipe has inspired me to make some of this delicious spread.

Kay Lynne said...

We have lots of apples to. I'll have to make some time to make some apple butter. I also use a crock pot to cook it and it never burns.

Libby said...

Yummm!! I'll bet your kitchen smells wonderful!!

Helen in Switzerland said...

Sounds delicious Heidi - my mouth is already watering and I'm certainly going to try this this week. My apple tree has a paltry crop this year, so I'll have to buy apples too!

Lisa said...

Oh how I love apple butter on raisin I'm hungry!

RobynLouise said...

I make lemon butter and it disappears like magic. Will give this a try as it sounds yummy :).

pinsandneedles said...

Sounds delicious Heidi! Will have to try some this fall!
Thanks for the recipe.

Val said...

Oh I love apple butter! My favorite. I think this is a lot like my crock pot recipe. So easy. You have got me in the mood to go find some apples.

Everyday Quilter said...

I've been looking for a recipe like this - yay! Thanks so much!

Lana said...

Ok, this is the MOST DELICIOUS recipe ever! I made it yesterday and I have already eaten a LOT of it!!! My hubby has too!!!
Worth every calorie!!!!
Thank you for sharing! This is going in my kid's christmas recipe books this year - so you will be published!!!!

lindsey said...

This looks great, I have preinted off the recipe and will make long does it keep in the fridge? (I am in the UK,we dont have this here)

Renee said...

Hi, Heidi! I've been busy having fun with the "scraps" you gave away this summer. Take a look:

RobynLouise said...

I made it, I tasted it, I'm hooked :). Another addiction!

Nicole said...

My kids love applebutter. We have to try homemade one.

Rachell said...

hey Heidi!
This sounds amazing! I love apple butter.
BTW--at what altitude are you? I live at 4700 feet above sea level....I think that will that affect water bath canning times ????
And about how much does this recipe make?