Thursday, November 11, 2010

Apple Butter

Apple season has been going on for a while around here; however, I seem to be running a bit late with making all of my apple goodies.  Nonetheless, the time has begun, and I have started this year with apple butter.  I particularly like this recipe because it is all done in the crockpot.  The recipe calls for not peeling the apples first, which I have read gives you a much better flavor in your final product.  All of the ingredients make for a perfect blend.  And the aroma in your kitchen while it is cooking is delightful.  In fact when my kids were younger, they would tell me that "it smelled like Christmas". 

Cider Apple Butter

5 lbs. cooking apples
1 1/2 cups apple cider
about 3 cups of brown sugar
juice and grated peel of 1 each lemon and orange
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. each cloves and nutmeg

Core and quarter apples, but do not peel.  Place in crockpot with apple cider.  Cook on high until very soft, about 1-1/2 hours.  (Note:  It takes about 2-1/2 hrs. in my crockpot).  Press cooked apples through a food mill or sieve.  (I don't have a food mill, so I just very patiently remove all of the apple peel).  Measure.  There should be about 6 cups.  For every 1 cup fruit pulp, allow 1/2 cup brown sugar.  Return to crockpot.  Stir in lemon and orange peel and juice, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg.  Cover and cook on high until thick and dark, about 4 hours.  Immediately pour into hot, sterilized glass jars and seal according to proper boiling/water bath canning requirements.  Makes about 8 cups.


Kar said...

That sounds so good! I love apple butter but have never made my own. I'm going to have to try it. :)

koralee said...

Hey...just made apple butter a few weeks ago for a post I am doing for Where Women the stuff...LOVE it!

Mo said...

Mmmm... I made crock pot apple butter a week or two ago. I usually just leave the peels on and puree it in the blender. Makes it really easy.

Sheila said...

Apple butter is a favorite in our house. It's funny, I thought it must be a southern thing because when I was in Idaho, I did not see any apple butter in the store (I was looking for some for my daughter).

I will have to try and make some; what a great gift it would make for the upcoming holidays.

Florence said...

I can't wait to try this with brown sugar, sounds yummy. Florencce

Polka Dot Daze said...

Yum - thanks for sharing! I will try this one for sure.

theUngourmet said...

I bet it does indeed smell like Christmas! I love the red and white checks. I never can resist them. Such a nice recipe!