Monday, September 12, 2011

Crock Pot Apple Butter (no sugar added)

I love autumn here in Pennsylvania. The crisp mornings, cool evenings and changing leaves. The excitement and anticipation of the upcoming fairs. Fresh apples and everything pumpkin! Yes, autumn is probably as equally my favorite season as spring.

I went to my favorite local orchard store and bought some sweet apples and some tart apples. I decided to make some apple butter!! Here's the recipe . . .  so easy!

Crock Pot Apple Butter
(no sugar added)

8 medium sized apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
3 cups apple cider (no sugar added)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves

- Put apples and all other ingredients in crock pot. Set cooker to low and let simmer 12 - 15 hours, stirring occasionally (makes the house smell a m a z i n g!!)
- Once apples have browned and most of the juices have been reduced, use an immersion blender (or regular blender) and blend until smooth
- If apple butter still has a big of liquid in it, place in a pot on top of the stove and cook uncovered on Medium until juiced evaporate to desired thickness. 
- Put in jars/containers once cooled. Keeps 3 - 4 months in fridge.

I love to eat this with pretzels. Weird, I know. Hubby likes it with his cottage cheese. It's so yummy I can eat it by itself by the spoonful :)

Happy autumn! 

1 comment:

  1. Mmm I will have to try this with some of our apples from the backyard! :) thanks for sharing!