Apple Butter

apple butter Maria

I never knew what apple butter was until I was an adult and started apple picking in upstate New York. I love apple butter on toast, muffins, waffles, pancakes or even french toast. It is sweet, smooth and delicious on so many different types of food. It is also very easy to make. Since this is made in a slow cooker, it can easily be left cooking overnight or when you are at work all day. If you like your apple butter really thick, you can easily finish this butter off on the stove top to thicken it up.

I got the original recipe here. Thanks for the inspiration!

Kid Friendly Tips: Have your child help add the spices and mix all of the ingredients together. Discuss why the apple butter changes color. Have your child pick out their own spices to add them to the apple butter. Be creative and enjoy.

Carryover Book: Apples for Everyone

Thanks to Marisol Maya for the photo!!!

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3 lbs of apples peeled, cored and cut into cubes or small slices.

1/2 package of light brown sugar (1/2 lb)

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ground all spice

1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
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1. Combine sugar through nutmeg in a bowl.

2. Place apples in the slow cooker. Add sugar mixture to slow cooker and mix with apples.

3. Stir occasionally and mash after about 5-6 hours of slow cooking. Add vanilla extract.

4. Slow cook for an additional 6 or 7 hours until the apple butter thickens and turns a nice brown caramel color. It takes a really long time but worth it! You can take the top off of the slow cooker for the last hour to two to help increase thickness of the apple butter.

5. Once the butter gets to your desired consistency, puree with an immersion blender. You can use it immediately or let it cool in the fridge. I would say the butter can last about two weeks in the fridge.

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