So now that fall is here, all I can think about are Halloween and Christmas ideas. All of your blog posts and Pinterest boards are killing me people! I want to make EVERYTHING. There's really not enough time in the day. I just need to stop sleeping I guess?
Well despite being crazy, I decided that I was going to try to whip up the infamous crock pot apple butter that I've been seeing so much of lately like I did last year for the holidays. Everyone was obsessed.
This festival was always such a huge deal. My grandparents would get to our house really early so we could grab breakfast, then we'd load up the van, and drive down to Lebanon; a small town riddled with antique stores and haunted hotels that was decorated for October. We would walk down streets filled with craft booths, caramel popcorn, and fried food, to pick out some of the best apples in the state.
I managed to snag a sample of apple butter on some home made bread while exploring some local spots, and for someone who is really into apples, it was a life changing moment.
Guys, you can't NOT make this. You'll be so happy you did. Especially using a crock pot because you don't have to do much besides stir the thing a few times and make sure nothing sticks to the pot.
I somehow managed to make this the weekend we moved in (because all I want to do is bake when we're in the middle of unpacking heavy boxes...normal?), so when our doorway first still smelled like stale potato chips (yuck), these apples saved the day. Instant air freshener! Week 4 and the smell is still going strong!
My point is that this is too easy and too good to not jar up and throw in the fridge for a week or 2 (if it lasts that long).
8-10 apples, peeled and diced into very small pieces
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Turn your crock pot on high heat and let it warm up
1. Mix the apples, sugar, and spices in a large bowl. Pour in the crock pot and cover with the lid. You'll be cooking the apples down a total of 12 hours. For the first 4 hours, cook them on high, checking on them every so often, stirring them, you'll begin to see them brown and soak up the sugars.
2. Once the apples are easy to crush roughly around 4-6 hours, bring the heat down to the medium setting. After 3 hours, check again, then once 12 hours is up, if you feel the apples are easy enough to break down, take a hand blender (I have a CuisineArt blend stick), stick it directly in the pot, and blend until smooth. Remove the contents from the pot into a large sealable container or mason jar to let cool to room temperature before refrigerating. It will last 2-3 weeks.