Hey, ya’ll! I must apologize for being absent. I’ve basically failed at time management the last couple of weeks. At least I’ve remembered to take pictures so I can share some recipes!
I’ve got several to post, and hopefully by Sunday I will be all caught up. Hopefully is the key word, here. 🙂
First up, I’ve got my “famous among my family and friends” apple butter. It’s super easy, and super delicious! It is a sweet spread, so don’t expect a healthy recipe, here. Don’t forget that indulgences can be part of a healthy and balanced diet!
Crockpot Apple Butter
- 12 large apples (peeled, cored, and chopped)
- 1 3/4 c. sugar
- Dash of all spice
- Dash of cardamom
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 2 c. apple cider
- 1/4 c. lemon juice
For the prepping of the apples, I like to set up a little work station in the living room, in front of the TV! It is a pretty easy, but fairly time consuming task.
Ta-da! I know, my set up is pretty sweet.
Any way, peel, core, and chop those apples. Add ’em to a crockpot. I attempted the use of a liner. It did. not. work. Maybe there was a rip in the liner already, but I gave up like 2 hours into the process. Next time, I’m just not going to deal with it.
Voila. Pretty apples haha.
Next, add in all the other ingredients.
Stir the mixture as best as you can. It’ll get easier to stir as the mixture cooks down.
At first, it’ll almost look like a stew. Apple butter stew. Mmm.
Here’s the cooking schedule (yes, schedule):
- Cook on high for 1.5 hour (lid on). Stir.
- Cook on low for 1 hour (lid on). Stir.
- Cook on low for 7 hours (lid ajar). Stir periodically and add in more spices as you see fit.
At the end of that time, this is your reward:
Yum. I ran about half through a food processor to smooth it out a bit more. Hubs asked me to leave some of it chunky.
You can can it, like I did, or let it cool and transfer it to a container to chill out (haha) in your fridge. Just know that you have to consume it pretty quickly if you don’t can. I definitely recommend canning it.
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