Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fall Favorite {Recipe}

 

Today's blogging event from the SITS Girls is you favorite fall craft or autumn recipe!  If you know me at all then you know that I'll post a recipe because I LOVE cooking. 

But for the recipe, one of my all time favorites that will fill your house with the most delicious smells and is perfect to hand out as a nice little gift...

Crockpot Apple Butter
Photo from marthatstewart.com

Y'all, this is probably one of my most favorite things to cook in my crockpot.  It is one of those recipes that I make the basic part of it, then you can add as much cinnamon, nutmeg, or whatever other spices you cant to add into it.  I love lots of cinnamon in mine!  Now, fair warning - this is an all-day or overnight "thing"! 

Also, I need to give credit where credit it due!  I got the original recipe from here, Stephanie O'Dea's original website where she used her crockpot every single day for an entire year!  She is probably one of my heros! 

Ingredients:
 --apples. 14 large apples fit in my 6.5 quart crockpot (you can use lots of different kinds - I used Granny Smith to add some 'tang', a few red delicious, and some fugi for a good sweet flavor.)
--2 tsp cinnamon 
--1 cup white sugar --1 cup brown sugar
--1/2 tsp cloves

--1 T vanilla
-- I also added 1 tsp of nutmeg 

The "How To":
1) Peel, core and slice your apples.  
2) Put all of your apples in your crockpot with 1 T vanilla. Cook on low for 8 hours (this is fantastic for overnight).  
3) Once its finished, your apples will be super mushy, so mash them up with a fork.  
4) Add in your sugars, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  Stir it all up. Cook it on low again for 4-6 more hours.
5) If you like your apple butter velvety smooth, then use a hand-mixer and smooth it all out.  This is so delicious. 

This will make approx. 3 large jars, or 4-5 medium sized jars.  

(NOTE:  as I said, I really like a lot of cinnamon in my apple butter, so I probably used closer to 2 TBSP when it was all said and done.  But you can add as much or as little as you would like. 

6 comments:

Kimberly said...

I have heard SO much about apple butter, but never actually tried it! I just got a crock pot off of my wedding registry, so I may have to give this a try!

Corinna said...

I cannot wait to make this recipe!

Stacie Sayz So said...

I've never tried Apple Butter but it looks and sounds amazing! Stopping by from SITS.

Elaine Griffin said...

I love apple butter and I've always wanted to try making it. I'm going to try this out - looks like they would be great hostess gifts for the busy holiday season!
Stopping over from SITS!

Toia said...

I always buy apple butter for my Thanksgiving dessert recipes, but I never made my own. Not to mention, this will be a great gift to give from the heart. Thanks for sharing!!

thatdesigngal said...

This looks awesome and it's been a long time since I have had apple butter. I will have to make this!

Visiting SITS, have a great night!
Mary

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