This is the perfect time of year to go apple picking, especially in New York. The weather isn’t too cold yet, the trees are finally turning their gorgeous fall colors, and the holidays that require apple and pumpkin-themed desserts are right around the corner.
18 lbs of apples later, and I realized I may have went a bit overboard.
Of course I’ll make the basics – apple pie, apple cobbler, applesauce, apple pancakes, apple-stuffed pork chops, etc…
But there was one thing I wanted to try for the first time: apple butter. I have never made it before, and I’ve never even tried it before. There’s always a first for everything.
what you need:
A LOT of apples (any kind – but I used around 20 golden delicious apples)
1/2 cup of light brown sugar
1 tsp of salt
3 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
FIRST… wash those apples! We will keep the skin ON! This saves a lot of time and a lot of effort… plus, isn’t the skin good for you?! Pretty sure it is.
Next, remove the core from each apple. Cut the rest of the apple into chunks (approx. 4-5 chunks from each apple).
Grease the inside of your crockpot (or use cooking spray) and fill your pot with the apple chunks.
Cook on LOW for 8 hours. Your apples will look like this when they are cooked through:
At this point, they should be very hot and mushy. CAREFULLY transfer all of your apples to a large blender.
Puree the apples until they’re super smooth.
At this point, return your pureed apples back to the crockpot. Add your salt, pumpkin pie spice, and light brown sugar. Stir to combine once more.
Cook for another 1-2 hours on HIGH. This will help thicken the apple butter (It won’t be SUPER thick like peanut butter, but it will be thick enough to spread on some bread and coat the back of a spoon). Stir the apple butter once more, and then let it cool to room temperature before packing it up into containers or jars.
Store your apple butter in the fridge, or even freeze it if you would like to have some for a later date. This recipe made around 6 cups, so you will have plenty of it to go around. It should stay fresh for approx. 1 month.
VERDICT: making apple butter is easy, and it tastes really effin good.