Apple butter is one of those forgotten favorites for me. I absolutely love it but, go through times forgetting it even exists. When I saw Lisa post her recipe for apple butter last October, I remembered how much I love apple butter and never wanted to forget about it again. I wanted to make it a holiday tradition of always making it around the holidays. So, I printed the recipe out and tucked it away in my safe "top priority" recipes to try notebook. Then New years Eve rolled around and out came the precious recipe. :)
Using Lisa's Apple Butter Recipe as my guide, I made DELICIOUS apple butter to bring in the New Year. YAY!
By the way, Lisa's blog, My Own Sweet Thyme is in my top five favorite blogs list EASILY! She's original, down to earth, shares lovely eloquent stories, and has simple yet brilliant gourmet recipes. I truly feel so at home when reading her lively blog. And I am not just saying these things-it's true and you will find it for yourself if you visit her blog. :)
So, as I mentioned in my previous post, every year I make pork chops and sauerkraut for New Years day as a family tradition and I always like to serve apples with the dish. Apples and pork are kinda a famous pairing in the food world anyway. This year, I served homemade apple sauce to go with dinner.
I decided to use Honey Crisp apples but I may try Macintosh and Granny Smith next time.
WHAT TO DO
-Core and peel apples. I used six apples but you should really use like 10 to get a good amount of sauce and butter. Then slice apples into rings, cut rings in half and toss in your crock pot with some vanilla or vanilla bean, nutmeg (which I freshly grated), and 1/2 cup water.
-Then put lid on your crock pot and turn on low before you go to bed or at like 8PM.
-When you wake up in the morning put the apples in a food processor and pulse lightly. Don't puree too much or it will be a silky baby food texture * I know this because I did this* it's fine just not the perfect apple sauce texture that was desired. Another idea I had is to put the apples in a potato ricer.
-Take some of the apple sauce you just made and set aside however much you want to serve for breakfast or side dish with pork chops. Then, but the rest of the sauce back in the crock pot along with brown sugar to taste, 1/4 cup or so, cinnamon, and any other yummy spices you want.
-Let that simmer in the crock pot on low for another 4-6 hours scraping sides of crock pot once in a while. You will then have apple butter to spread on toast, dollop on yogurt, use in a dessert, or fill cute little jars for gifts.
I hope you try this because it's simple enough and really worth having around.