We have a Fuji apple tree. I don’t really care for apples all that much. I’m more of a summer fruit type of gal. For the last two years, we have hardly gotten any apples on our tree, due, I am sure, to a number of factors. We used to have a HUGE raccoon that would begin coming into our yard in early October that would eat a lot of the apples. We also had some huge trees in the wash behind our back fence that were literally overgrowing the apple tree and hanging over our fence. I haven’t seen the raccoon yet this year, the city came and cut back all of the trees, and we had a huge amount of rain this year. So I ended up with this:
I have apples coming out my ears! More than I could ever eat. I gave some away but we still had tons. Last week I was looking at a random blog and saw a recipe for apple butter. In the crock pot. How could it get much better? I decided to give it a try on Tuesday.
I picked all the apples, washed them, and peeled, cored, and sliced them.
I got hungry for a snack while doing all that work.
Put all the sliced apples in the crock pot–use enough to fill the crock pot all the way to the top. I didn’t use all the apples I picked. I probably used about 15 of them. Oh and it’s ok if the apples aren’t perfect. We don’t spray our tree so our apples are 100% organic and delicious. I just cut out the yucky parts from the apples.
Then I added 2.5 cups of splenda, probably 2 tablespoons of cinammon, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 2 teaspoons ginger, and about 2 tablespoons of vanilla. I mixed it all up and let it cook on low for about 6 hours. I gave it a stir once in awhile. By the time I went to bed, the apples still weren’t soft enough so I kept cooking them overnight. I got up at 530am to check them and they were perfection and my kitchen smelled like I cooked about 20 apple pies!
Then I took the lid off and cooked the apples on high for about an hour.
I used an immersion blender to smooth everything out right in the crock pot. I tasted it, and wow! Pleasing! Then I put everything in Mason jars. I thought I would have tons of apple butter but my batch only made 3 jars. I am going to make some more this weekend for holiday gifts.
I bribed Savannah to try some on her toast. She loved it and has asked for it every day since then. I tried it on my oatmeal and OMG!! Yummo!!!!