I'm going to start blogging Thanksgiving-friendly recipes. Because it's only just over two weeks away. And because it happens to be my hands-down favorite holiday.
I love that we have a holiday that isn't about the gimmies or people insisting that they need tons of random stuff to make them happy (my biggest pet peeve is when people talk about how much they NEED or DESERVE stuff that isn't water, food, shelter or breath).
So I love that Thanksgiving makes us all stop and think about everything we've been blessed with. I love that I get to spend a massive amount of time in the kitchen baking and cooking for the people I care about. I love that I get to spend a morning doing nothing but snuggling up with my daughter in our pjs as we watch the parade.
I also love that this year I get to spend Thanksgiving not only with most of my immediate family but also with my grandparents, cousins, uncles and aunt. It's going to be a grand ole time.
Alrighty then, moving on to the recipe. Which actually, today there isn't going to be a recipe. Just a good guideline. Because that's all you need.
To make some awesome apple butter! Now, apple butter actually has zero butter in it. It gets its name from the lovely creamy texture it has.
This stuff is so good - it tastes like apple pie when you put it on a biscuit or some freshly baked bread. I may have licked the spoon once or twice.
Here's your guidelines. This is what I did but you can deviate a bit without any terrible consequences. :)
Easy Crockpot Apple Butter
Yields about 4 cups
- Core and chop apples, leaving the peel on if you wish (I do), and place them in a 4 quart crockpot. Keep going until the crockpot is filled up.
- Add in 1/4 - 1/2 cup brown sugar. The amount you'll need depends on how tart your apples are.
- Pour in 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Pour in 1/2 cup water. This keeps the apples from sticking to the bottom of the crockpot and prevents it from burning. If you're using a pretty dry apple, you might want a bit more water.
- Turn your crockpot on low for about 8 hours. A little extra time won't hurt it.
- Using an immersion blender, or just a regular blender, puree up the apples.
- Eat and enjoy! Chill or freeze whatever you don't eat right away. :)