Homemade Apple Butter! Just hearing those words makes me drool a little. Once I learned to make it with this easy recipe, I wondered where it had been all my life … all year long!
This all started because I have been in such a mood for fall ? the smells, the breezes, the chilly temps, the flavors. The thought crossed my mind that I might have gone a bit overboard when I noticed I had accumulated two hundred pounds of pumpkins, dozens (and dozens) of apples, and a full 3 pounds of cranberries.
I found creative ways to use those pumpkins, luckily, so that left me with apples and cranberries. I made a delicious apple-cranberry cake, and our annual apple dehydrating-fest is slated to begin this weekend, but that still left me with loads of apples that I felt must be put to another good use. Applesauce! ?Yes, that?s it,? I thought, ?I?ll make applesauce.?
So, I peeled and cored 8 apples, got out my crockpot, and prepared for a day of slow apple cooking with an eye toward yummy applesauce.
At some point later in the day though, I noticed I still had 3 jars of organic unsweetened applesauce in my pantry ? but ? I was out of apple butter! Change in plans.
I added some sugar and spices and cooked those apples all day long and into the night ? voilà! Yummy apple butter with far less sugar than most recipes.
My next task will be to make more (we?re almost out already!), but try some sugar alternatives and see how that goes. I?ll keep you posted, or let me know if you?ve tried already!
In the meantime though, enjoy this practically-does-it-by-itself, homemade apple butter recipe, and keep the taste of fall alive!
Click the photo below to watch my quick eHow video showing how easy this recipe is to make!
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