It’s the first of September and so I feel I can comfortably say HAPPY FALL!!!!
(I know for my Florida readers that is a bit of a stretch 😉
So, in celebration of fall I am sharing my Backyard Apple Butter recipe. This recipe is easy and delicious and pretty close to fool proof. With the rather large crop of backyard apples we harvested last week, I needed to find a great apple butter recipe. After looking around at several recipes, my mom and I came up with one of our own – kind of a mixture of several different ones. You make it in the crockpot all day so the most time-consuming part is peeling and cutting up the apples. Here’s what you will need…
- 3 quarts of apples – peeled, cored, and diced
- fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups of sugar
- 1 cup of apple cider
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 5-6 whole cloves in a bag
- freshly ground nutmeg – to taste
REMOVE the clove bag, using tongs, and using an immersion blender,
blend the apples until they are lovely and thick and sticky.
(so…I forgot to remove the clove bag the first batch, and blended it up with my apples…whoops. I think I’ll keep that batch and just try to notice fabric pieces on my toast and pick them off – lol).
If you don’t have an immersion blender (they are GREAT by the way) you can ladle small amounts of the hot apples into a blender and blend it up (leaving the lid vented just a little for the steam). Once the apples have been blended into butter, boil about 2 inches of water in a pot and put your lids in to sterilize. Fill the sink with HOT HOT water and place your jars in the water. Spoon the apple butter into the hot jars. Wipe the rim with a clean paper towel and place the lid on – screw into place. Turn the jars upside down for about 30 minutes – then back to right side up. Let them sit overnight to finish curing. There you have it!
Yummy homemade apple butter! Give it away as a gift, or drizzle it onto your oatmeal or toast. Happy fall!