One of my favorite things about picking apples is going home and making apple butter. I hope you enjoy this easy recipe as much as I do. Below are some ways to eat this yummy spread.
7 pounds of apples, peeled, cored and chopped. (I used a variety of organic apples that Terry and I had picked from the apple orchard in Julian)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tb ground cinnamon
1-1/2 Tb vanilla extract
Place the apples in your crock pot. In a bowl mix together all dry ingredients and sprinkle over the apples. Add the vanilla to the apples and gently stir to combine all ingredients.
Cook the apples on low heat for 10 hours. Stirring occasionally.
Remove the top of the crock pot, and using an immersion blender, puree apples until smooth. Cover and cook another 2 hours.
Allow the apple butter to cool and spoon into canning jars. Store the apple butter in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.
Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker