How bout’ them apples?





Hey ya’ll! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend, I know I sure did. While I didn’t spend much time in the kitchen this weekend, I did enjoy some fabulous Italian food at Festa Italiana in Houston. My mom and I weren’t able to catch our breaths as we practically devoured several helpings of stuffed artichokes and Italian green beans…not to mention a few glasses of wine. Anyways…while I was in Houston, I visited my Mamaw (my grandmother). Of course I had to visit her in the wee hours of the morning so I could take advantage of a good cup of coffee, not to mention an outstanding breakfast featuring an assortment of fresh fruit, and one killer omelet! Usually, I would request her signature biscuits…but since it was just me I figured I could wait until the next big breakfast crowd rolled into town (which usually consists of several of my cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. etc.). You would too if you had one bite of her homemade biscuits. To get to the point, I really enjoy jam, or butter, or apple jam/butter (whatever you want to call it), which I usually slather on my biscuit with a bit of spray butter. While the biscuits were missing, this was no reason to dismiss the apple butter. When I say I like something…I mean I really like it. Ever since I was little I have always eaten my eggs with apple butter, it’s just sooooo good…don’t judge…it’s my little fetish. I just don’t know how I ever developed it. Luckily, I can always count on Mamaw to have a large jar of the good stuff hanging out in her refrigerator, just waiting to be slathered on each bite of my meal. Because it is Fall season, anything with apples just seems to be calling my name. I guess it’s just the thought that you get about a warm slice of apple pie on a cold winter day, curled up in front of the fireplace listening to Frank Sinatra! I love apple butter so much, I went out on a whim and decided to whip up a batch of my own, which is much cheaper than buying the jarred stuff from the store. All of you family members out there better be prepared, because ya’ll are all getting this stuff as Christmas gifts…and it will really rock your socks. I hope everyone enjoys this delectable delight of cinnamon, brown sugary goodness. I recommend serving it with any kind of breakfast bread (i.e. biscuits, Eggo’s, toast, even with some pumpkin or banana bread with a dab of cream cheese). MANGIA!

Overnight Homemade Apple Butter

Ingredients:
7 pink lady apples ( or any other sweet/tart apple you prefer, peeled, cored, and cut into even slices)*
2 1/2 c. apple juice
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
2 Tbs. Mexican Vanilla (You can get the imitation stuff, but the Mexican Vanilla is simply the BEST: you can usually find it at Fiesta or your local grocery store)

Directions:
1. Place all of the ingredients into a slow cooker/crock pot and combine well with a spatula.
2. Turn the slow cooker on low for 12-14 hours.
3. Turn the slow cooker off and allow the mixture to cool.
4. Slide the skin off of each apple slice and discard.
5. Transfer the entire apple mixture to a food processor and puree.
6. Put the apple butter into individual canning jars and enjoy!

* I peeled the apples after they were done, the skin practically falls right off and you can throw it away. I also used an apple slicer to cut and core the apples, it’s pretty quick and simple.

Comments

  1. I want this right now!! I only have a tiny food processor so I think the only way for me to have this is if you make it for me 🙂

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