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
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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! 

 --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. 


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!

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