Sunday, April 13, 2008

All Day Apple Butter - Yum!

If this apple butter inspires you to rub it in your hair and all over your face then it must be good!

Ahhhhhh, all washed down with a cold glass of milk!

If you don't know what apple butter is it's a sweet spread for toast or bread, or my baby likes it mixed in with his oatmeal too. Apple butter doesn't have any butter in it; it's just called "butter" because its a spread (like peanut "butter"). It kind of tastes like thicker, sweeter, cinnamon-ier applesauce.

This is probably a better recipe for the fall, when you think about apples in abundance, but we made it last weekend. I had a 3 lb bag of apples that were going soft and this was a perfect way to use them up. It was also super easy (and good for a certain 3 yr old daughter to help with) because after peeling and chopping them you just throw them all in a crock pot, stir in the sugar and spices and let it go for 12 hours. I did it in the evening so the next morning the house smelled great and we had fresh warm apple butter for our toast.

Here is a link to the recipe:
The only changes I made was to halve the sugar (used 2 cups for 3 lbs of apples) and it was still plenty sweet. Next time I might cut back on the cinnamon a little bit - maybe 3 tsp instead of the full 4 tsp. It keeps in the fridge for a while, plus you can also freeze it.

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