I find myself here again wondering why I haven't updated my blog before now. I know I've written a ton of posts in my head but have never gotten over to the computer to actually get them posted.
I have decided to try my hand at making my own Apple Butter and coming up with my own recipe. I think I've done a pretty good job as my son likes it. He just loves apple butter so he's been my tester. Thought I would share with you my two recipes that I have come up with so far. I've got more ideas for different ones that once I've tested them I'll share here with you.
Molasses Apple Butter
(This recipe will give you an apple butter that has a hint of a molasses flavor and I really do mean it's a hint.)
6 apples (I used 3 Golden & 3 Red) - peeled, cored and chopped
2 cups white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (or less if you don't like cinnamon)
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon salt
Place apples, sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Reduce heat. Simmer and stir occasionally for 6 to 8 hours. At this time use an immersion blender. Once you are done you may want to cook longer if your apple butter is still to runny. At this point the longer you cook it the thicker it will become. If you do find that it's not getting thicker just take the lid off so that the steam will escape.
Once you have reached the consistency that you want, turn off you slow cooker and let cool a bit. In the mean time you can get your boiling water bath ready for any that you would like to can. If you're not canning this will store great in freezer-safe containers. Make sure you leave 3/4 inch space at the top.
(this recipe will give you more of an original apple butter flavor)
12 apples (I used 9 Goldens and 3 Reds) - peeled, cored and chopped
6 cups white sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Follow the same cooking directions as in the recipe above.
What's next? I'm going to start with these recipes and add in different flavors to them. Keep your fingers crossed that they all turn out well. Now I'm just wishing I had an apple corer and a peeler. It sure would make this go faster.
The pictures are of the Molasses Apple Butter and as you can see it is a bit darker. This is due to the brown sugar.
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