January 31, 2012 05:10:07
Posted By Erin Bolger
This recipe takes longer to make then most of my relationships have lasted but if you are stuck inside this winter why not warm up the house with the sweet spicy smell of apple butter.
You will need:
3 pounds of sweet apples I used a mix of McIntosh (my fav) and Golden Delicious.
Wash the apples and then cut them into medium-small pieces including the core and skin. There is a lot of pectin in the core and skin this will help thicken up the apple butter. Place the cut apples into a large stock pot and add about a cup of water bring to a boil and let simmer until the apples are soft.
We are making applesauce first and then on to the apple butter.
Once the apples are soft push them through a fine mesh sieve. Trust me this takes a while I watched an episode of Bones while I was doing it. I'm sure there are many easier ways to do it but my arms didn't mind the work out. Once you push it through the sieve you will have a thick apple liquid aka apple sauce. You can also skip this step and just use store bought applesauce but since I make this about once a year I'm going to do it from scratch!
In a crock pot add:
2 tsp. cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp. cloves
to sweeten it I added agave nectar about 1/2 cup (I had a container of it that I have been meaning to try out). You can also sweeten it with sugar or honey whatever you prefer add more or less of the sweetener depending on your taste buds.
Cook it in the crockpot on low heat for hours I mean for hours until it thickens up (6-8 hrs). I stirred it occasionally.When it is the consistency you like you can then carefully puree the apple butter until it is smooth. Careful not to splatter the mixture will be HOT! You can either can the apple butter which is a whole other process quite frankly I was exhausted from making it so I let it cool and then I froze portions in ziplock baggies.
I love to spread my apple butter on some yummy toasted banana bread ... mmmmmmmmmm