As the fall wedding season approaches, I’ve found myself thinking about my favorite homemade treats. Here at the Evermine garden, we have two fairly young apple trees that produce a lot of fruit, and in autumn I like to gather all the apples that have fallen to the ground. These tart green apples are great for pies and crisps, but this year I’m making apple butter.
Apple butter cooked in the crockpot is not only one of the easiest recipes I’ve found, but also the yummiest. It’s a great way to use up all of those not-so-pretty apples that have fallen and bruised, and it’s delicious accompanied with turkey or smeared on breakfast breads.
- 15 medium sized apple
- 1 cup of apple cider
- 2½ cups of sugar
- 4 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- Peel, core and dice your apples. Throw the good bits into the crockpot and the bad bits into the compost bin. When your pot is full, add 1 cup of apple cider, place the lid on top and set to high for about an hour.
- Add sugar and seasonings, then set to low and let simmer for 8-9 hours.
- If your butter is still lumpy, mix with an immersion blender or food processor. If your butter is too runny, simmer longer.
- To use this recipe for wedding favors, it is best to can the butter in little mason jars using the hot water bath technique.
- After the jars have cooled, top with quilting squares that match your wedding colors. Tie with a little piece of hemp cord and personalize with a label from evermine.com.
Used In This Project:
- Oval Labels • I chose the “Casual Celebration” style in celadon.
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