Okay, halllooooo FALL. I know, I know…I’m five days late. Absolutely unacceptable for someone like me who lives through their entire year looking forward to the first day of fall. BUT, can I please make up for my lateness by giving you this recipe for the best apple butter in the whole entire world?
I will explain my VERY long (over two weeks…yikes) absence from this lovely corner of the internet later, but for now, I must gush about this apple butter for a few minutes. First of all, a prerequisite question must be asked: have you ever had apple butter before? If you’ve ever been to Cracker Barrel, you have probs had it (this version is better – GASP…promise).
Apple butter doesn’t actually contain any butter. It’s basically just slow cooked apples that are mixed with sugar, cinnamon, clove, and happiness before being pureed into the most delicious, thick pot of goodness that your refrigerator and mouth will ever encounter. And that’s a fact, people. A FACT.
I’ve made apple butter before, and I made it the “legit” way, which is cooking the apples (and other added yumminess) in a big pot in the oven for a super long time and taking it out to stir every so often. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but this version is not only a BILLION times easier, it also tastes better. I’m in love.
And the cool thing is that all the magic happens overnight. The little fall elves come into your house and sneak over to your crock pot, throw away your apples, and replace them with rich, flavorful, heavenly apple butter. That’s actually slightly creepy, but we’re goin’ with it.
So here’s what you do the night before:
- Slice apples
- Place in crock pot
- Stir in sugar, spices, and salt
And that’s it. Fo reals.
Then the next morning, you wake up to the smell of concentrated fall awesomeness permeating every inch of your house…it smells like apple pies have been baking in your oven on repeat all night – YAS.
All you have to do at this point is puree the dark brown apples with an immersion blender (you can use a food processor, but an immersion blender will be SO much easier), let it cook and thicken a little bit more, add some vanilla, and you’re done!
Oh…what to put it on? I’m so glad you asked.
- Straight out of the jar with a spoon
- Slathered all over your body as a lotion that heals all ailments. Am I kidding? I’ll let you decide…