Christmas wouldn’t be “Christmas” without at least a sprinkling of homemade food gifts. However I was not too excited when a sister suggested our making apple butter as one of our gifts to give this year. That is, not until I came down into the convent kitchen early one morning and sampled a “Trial Run” of butter which had been making itself in our slow cooker all night while we had all been fast asleep.
As I ate my last bite of hot buttered toast topped with this delectable wonder I was convinced that this was the perfect “homemade” gift for us to give this Christmas. My only concern being would there be enough left by Christmas eve to give away to others?
CHANGE SERVING SIZEpints
COOK TIME12hours (or overnight)
READY IN12 1/2hrs
- 6 1/2 lbs apple(s) peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg (freshly ground is best!)
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- pinch of salt
- Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a separate bowl mix sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and salt. Combine with apples and mix well.
- Cook in slow cooker on low for 10 hours stirring occasionally. The apple mixture will become thick and dark brown.
- Uncover and add vanilla. Continue cooking uncovered on low for 2 hours.
- Remove from slow cooker and blend using an immersion blender, food processor or a countertop blender and puree the apple butter until completely smooth.
- Transfer the mixture into containers or your choice.
- Top your favorite toasted bread or muffin with fresh apple butter and enjoy with a steaming mug of tea or coffee for a simple morning treat!
NOTE: This can be frozen or stored up to 2 weeks covered in the