One of our favourite things to do at this time of year is to go to a local orchard and pick apples. We started this tradition in Canada and have such fond memories from over the past 10 years or so. There are so many mouthwatering recipes for apples, not to mention just eating them as a healthy and enjoyable snack. While in Canada I decided it would be a great idea to make and freeze my own Apple Butter to have during the year. I make mine in the crock pot and it is so easy and delicious.
Emma made a batch yesterday, and we cannot wait to enjoy it for breakfast tomorrow morning!
Homemade Apple Butter
5-6 pounds apples, peeled
4 cups sugar
3-4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Place all ingredients in crock pot. Set on High for one hour, then turn heat to Low and cook for 10 hours. Stir occasionally. Let cool and blend with an immersion hand blender until smooth.
I like to start this right at bedtime and let it cook all night. I turn it off in the morning to let the Apple Butter cool, blend and then put it in freezer-safe containers and into the freezer. It will keep in the freezer for up to six months (not that it lasts that long around here!). I can also easily double this recipe in my crock pot since it cooks down so much.
I think next time we will add a little ground ginger to this recipe to give it a different twist.
What recipes are you pulling out for the start of this autumn season?
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