Mmmmmmmm! Nothing says Fall like apples and everything apple spiced! I know the rest of the world goes gaga over anything pumpkin spice, but that fascination, for me, doesn’t begin until Thanksgiving and it ends around Christmas. The period where the weather actually cools and leaves change will forever be ingrained in my brain as apple season – probably because I am originally from Southern California and I have fond memories of roadside stands overflowing with baskets of fresh picked apples and real apple cider!
My mom was big into the pre-packaged food revolution so I only ever had store bought apple butter growing up. while store bought apple butter is still yummy, homemade apple butter will put it to shame! Homemade apple butter is just so much more vibrant tasting. You’ll have to try it to see what I mean 🙂
Homemade Apple Butter (Small batch Recipe)
If you’re anything like me, you probably don’t have a ton of storage space, so making 12 jars of anything just isn’t realistic for you. A lot of recipes around the internet make large batches which 1- makes me hate peeling and coring apples by the time I’m done and 2- takes up way too much space. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Making apple butter in smaller batches means only 1 or 2 jars at a time, which means less goes to waste!
For the cost of a few apples and using spices you already have on hand, you can enjoy that sweet apple-y goodness that every family should experience in Fall!
- 3-4 large apples. (Granny Smith = zingy flavor, Red Delicious = classic flavor)
- 4 cinnamon sticks, whole
- 1 cup of brown sugar (to taste)
- 1/8 tsp ground cloves
- Peel, core and slice apples thinly and evenly. It’s important to remove the skin and seeds because they will make the apple butter bitter.
- Please apples in crock pot, sprinkle sugar, cloves and place cinnamon sticks on top. Stir.
- Cook on low for 10-12 hours (I usually just pop it in after dinner for the following morning’s breakfast).
- Texture: I like mine a little more textured so I don’t really give mine more than a few stirs during cooking time but some people prefer a smoother texture. If you prefer a smoother texture, take a hand mixer or whisk to your apple butter before pouring to jars.
- If it appears a little runny after the allotted cook time, try cooking for 1 hour with the lid off, then cool slightly before putting into jars or freezer safe containers.
It’s important to note that homemade foods do not contain a ton of preservatives like the store-bought foods, so it will spoil relatively quickly. Try to use or freeze the batch within a week to be safe.
There you have it, ladies & gents! It’s really that cheap and that easy 🙂
Now go and enjoy…….