Thursday, September 24, 2020
What is apple butter? Is it butter? No, not at all!
The finished product:
It is more like an overcooked applesauce or apple jam. It is delicious on bread or biscuits and maybe even pancakes or waffles? It would make a great gift in a cute little mason jar.
My first memory of apple butter is from my Girl Scout troop. Our leader had us come to her house to make it when I was maybe 10? I sure hope I got a badge!
This time, I didn’t get a badge but I was sure proud of myself and my house smelled amazing all day long while I was toiling away behind my computer for my virtual teaching. I have now made it twice; I tried it again this week on Monday while I was working.
I used all honeycrisp the first time and did not take the peel off.
The second time I used a mixture of honeycrisp and fuji and did take the skin off. It takes a lot of apples to make a small amount of apple butter. I halved the recipe and used about 7 apples and only produced about a cup of apple butter!
Here is the recipe:
In your crockpot,
put 5 lbs. apple of your choice, chopped
1 and 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 and 1/2 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
Cook for 10 hours on low or 4 hours on high
I stirred several times and mine did not take nearly 10 hours on low. I would say it was ready in more like 4-6 hours. Also, I used a liner and I felt like the liner did not hold up to this liquid. I will do it without the liner next time.
Allow to cool. Will last for 2 weeks in fridge.
This is about halfway through. I stirred often and kind of mashed it up when it was close to done.
Have you ever made your own apple butter?