I’m guilty of using Pinterest way too much, and I find I rarely use/make/buy things I pin. That’s why I decided to start a mini project called Pin-spiration: using inspiration from Pinterest in real life. The idea is to actually make the recipes I keep ogling, use the fashion ideas, make some of the crafts, etc.
Today I’m sharing a recipe I found for apple butter made in the slow cooker. I tried apple butter for the first time in college and it was delicious. Back then I wasn’t very motivated to cook from scratch, nor did I have the time. But over the years I’ve thought how neat it would be to try making apple butter at home. I always thought it would be easy, so last year I tried it and it was not good at all…I added too much cinnamon and the apples ended up looking more like apple sauce than butter. This year I came across a recipe on Pinterest that seemed pretty easy so I tested it out.
If you have never had apple butter you may be thinking it sound gross, but it is awh-mazing. Imagine biting into an apple but it has a smooth, velvety texture. That is how I would describe apple butter. Or, an even simpler way to think about it is pureed applesauce, because that is really all it is!
- 12 apples, washed and cut (I used Macintosh)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- Combine everything in slow cooker
- Cover with lid and cook on LOW for 12 hours, stirring occasionally if possible
- Remove lid and cook on HIGH for 2 hours
- Puree carefully using an immersion blender or, in my case, food processor
- Pour into hot canning jars and tighten lid (if canned properly they can sit in your pantry for a year)