Happy 34th birthday to my wonderful husband today! I am grateful for him. Maybe it's just the season, but I have been feeling extra gratitude for everything in my life lately. I have much to be thankful for.
I have about 20 spare minutes to get this post written, so I will cut to the chase! I hope you enjoy this one. It can be another great gift for the holidays. Don't be confused by the name! Apple Butter has nothing to do with butter. I considered renaming it Apple Spread, but it doesn't have the same ring.
Here is Day #5 of Twelve Days of Christmas Treats!
In a large crock pot, place the following ingredients:
10 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks (use a variety of apples - I used Granny Smith and Honeycrisp)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
Juice from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
Cook on High for 4 hours, or Low for 7 to 8 hours.
It will look like a brown chunky soup when it is finished and it will make your home smell delicious. Yum!
Mash the mixture with a potato masher to give it a smoother consistency. If desired, use an immersion blender for an even smoother texture (I did not do this, as I prefer mine on the slightly chunky side).
In a large saucepan, boil six 1/2-pint mason jars, along with their lids. One at a time, remove one jar and matching lid from the boiling water and fill the jar with the hot apple butter. Tightly seal the lid and store in a cool place. Repeat the process with the remaining jars. The jars will seal on their own.
I have one little boy who loves this stuff and one who doesn't care for it. We spread it on toast, but it would be great on any type of bread. If you have other uses for it, please let me know!
Happy Wednesday to you all! I am off to run errands and finish laundry and wrap a few presents!