Apple Butter

I have always been in love with fall.

The leaves changing color and the weather getting cooler.

Along with tons of apples, squash, and pumpkin!

And cute sweaters and boots that I will never be able to afford.. :)

Unfortunately I live in a city where there really isn’t seasons. The leaves might change colors, and the weather might require a sweater in the evening, but today when I looked at my car thermometer it read 97 degrees.

I know I’m crazy not to enjoy a summer vacation all year long, but I’ve lived in both extremes.

Really hot and really cold, and I can officially say that a little bit of both would be perfect. :-)

So for now, we do what we can and play in dog bowls filled with ice…

White trash activity? Maybe…

And instead of cider we drink milkshakes.

(Recipe soon!)

We also like to unhinge our jaws and eat huge honeycrisp apples…

And eat apple pie with our hands…

The same hands used to play in the dog bowl with…

Delicious AND nutritious!

Oh, and I may have gone a tad bit “Fall” crazy, and bought an 8 pound bag of honey crisp apples, but I had one thing on my mind…

Apple Butter!

Ever since the amazing Angela from Oh She Glows made it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it! I fell in LOVE with Pumpkin Butter last year, and knew that apple butter would be just…dare I say..if not MORE amazing..!!

Let me just say this…it was!

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

*This is one of my favorite seasonal dishes to date!  So sweet and delicious, and no one would guess that it isn’t sugar heavy like other apple butter recipes!

This could also, I assume, be made over stove top.*

Makes about 7 cups

Ingredients:

6 pounds apples(I used honey crisp)

1/3 C. 100% pure maple syrup

1/3 C. sucanat or brown sugar

1/2 C. apple cider

1 TB. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Directions:

1. Wash, peel, and dice your apples and place in the crock pot. Add all other ingredients and mix until combined.

2. Turn crock pot on to high heat for one hour, then after that hour turn to low for….16-22 hours!! (I know this sounds crazy friends, but I promise you it’s worth the wait. I did this in about 19 hours.)

3. Continually stir and mix every so often. Here is what it looked like after 6 hours:

4. Here is what it looked like at 19 hours:

5. From here, you can still cook the apple butter longer until its condensed completely, but we had to leave the house for a while, and I didn’t want the crock pot on the whole time we were gone. So at this point, I pureed it in my blender to give it the smooth butter consistency.

Before blending:

After blending:

6. It took me about 3 minutes to blend until smooth and creamy, but other blenders might take longer/faster. This also depends on your consistency preference.

7. For storing your apple butter, you have different options. You can either can it,(instructions on canning found HERE), or you can store it in the refrigerator. I’m not really sure how long it would last in the refrigerator, but I am assuming a few weeks. Of coarse…If you take one bite of this, it probably won’t last very long…

There are SOO many ideas, when it comes to using Apple Butter:

Ice Cream

Toast

Smoothies/Milkshakes

Oatmeal

Sandwhiches

Pasta(a little tablespoon or so might give it an interesting kick)

Desserts Galore!

You could also definitely bake with it as well! Trust me, you could get pretty creative. :-)

My favorite way to eat apple butter is by funnel..You know, funnel in mouth, pouring can of butter into funnel…butter flowing into mouth…

You get the idea..

Baby Boo’s favorite way to eat it is with her hands..

Go figure.

Just as long as they are clean from dog bowls, that’s alright with me… ;-)

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Comments

  1. your apple butter is going to give trader joe’s a run for their money!

    of all the AB’s I’ve seen in the sphere, yours gets the vote for smoothest, prettiest, and best looking. amazing work!

    and what great photos..outdoors with leaves, you’re good girl!!

    • Arielle says:

      Oh does trader joes have apple butter?? I bet their’s is pretty amazing though! :-)
      And I just had to throw fall leaves in there! Maybe it’s a little tacky, haha but I liked it :-)

  2. Jessica says:

    I LVOE the slow cooker idea! I never k new that was how it was made, but it certainly makes sense! You can practically forget about it and have a super yummy end result :] Bookmarking, for sure!

  3. That pic of Boo eating the huge apple is hilarious!

    I’m so intimidated by the thought of making “butter,” but I need to bite the bullet and do it – I’m almost out of the sweet potato butter I bough on vacation and must be re-created.

    • Arielle says:

      Yes! you need to make it :-) It is super easy! I have been wanting to try sweet potato butter, since I am obsessed with all things sweet potato :-)!
      P.S. it’s almost time for your trip!!

  4. Oh it turned out great!!! I think I keep cooking mine down too long because I only got 1 cup out of my first two batches of 5lbs of apples. I think next time I will stop sooner :)

  5. Cara says:

    I looove honeycrisp apples, they’re my favorite! I bet the maple syrup adds a really nice flavor to this apple butter. Nicely done!

    • Arielle says:

      Honey crisp are my new favorite!! They are super sweet, so they are perfect for apple butter.
      And I thought the maple syrup would be a nice touch :-) Thank you!!

  6. Ragnhild says:

    This apple butter looks amaaazing! I have never had apple butter before, :o , but I have also been thinking about it after I saw it on Oh She Glows! Annd now after this ;)
    I wish I could give you some cozy fall-weather! I love fall, and seasons is one of the biggest reasons I love Norway so much! The air is so fresh, and the colors are stunning!
    <3

  7. Carre says:

    I will be making this for sure. Yum !!!!

  8. I saw this on Angela’s blog and it looked amazing there and here! This is probably the 3rd or 4th apple post I’ve seen today and I am NOT complaining. I love apples. Thanks for sharing the goodness!

  9. i LOVE apple butter. and pumpkin butter. the boy talked me out of getting some last time we were at the farmers market. i got strawberry instead. bad decision i think.

    i love in arizona so i understand the heat. we’re still 100 degrees at the end of september. ahhh. but yes when its 70 in december i might not be complaining as much!

  10. Kim Bee says:

    Your posts always make me smile. I love how Baby Boo is so willing to eat anything. She’s too cute for words. I went apple picking last year and came home with 40 pounds of apples. Then I thought maybe it wasn’t enough so I went to another farm and got 20 more. I have serious issues. Lol!

  11. Helen says:

    Yum! I usually just buy my apple butter. I can get a jar of it at my farmer’s market/stand for around 4$. Oh and they have one that is sweetened with fruit juice, no sugar in it at all :)

  12. Boo is so precious!!! I am bookmarking this recipe…going apple picking soon this looks so good!

  13. love all the photos too cute, especially the one of her eating the apple so precious!!
    apple butter I remember when Angela posted that and I was like YUM and now I am saying it again – YUM!!! I do have to put that recipe on my to make list! thanks!

  14. Wow, this looks amazing! And it’s almost peak apple time in the mountains near me! You’ve just made my night!

  15. Haha. Love the pics!

    This recipe looks (by the pictures) and sounds amazing! I must try it! Like now :)

  16. Tiff says:

    My mom and I used to get so excited whenever we’d find apple butter at a specialty shop (our grocery store didn’t used to carry it back in the day), so it was always special. Good call on the honeycrisp apples!

  17. Shannon says:

    I’ve been looking for an apple butter recipe for a while now! So glad I found one! Thanks for sharing with us :)

  18. I just finished off my apple butter from Trader Joe’s and LOVE this recipe. I may have to give it a whirl. And I totally feel you about missing the seasons. We live in North Carolina and it’s still in the 80′s and humid. i”m ready for 60′s, maybe even cooler. I miss the change of seasons like we had in Pennsylvania. It was nice to see the leaves change color in September. Here, it doesn’t happen until November. And the leaves just go from green to dead. No pretty colors in between. :)

  19. I LOVE your blog. I mean, amazing recipes AND baby pictures!? How much better does it get :D

    I’ve never tried apple butter before, but if it’s similar to pumpkin butter than I feel like I would definitely be a fan.

  20. How cute is your little Boo?? Seriously….adorable!!

    Ok, Apple Butter is a love of mine, but I rarely purchase because its so effin expensive!! I think I would enjoy making mine more anyways and adding the spices to it :)

    Happy Weekend girl!!
    xxoo

  21. Travis says:

    I’m going to try to make this tomorrow. We just picked a ton of honeycrisp from Skytop Apple Orchard.

    Do you think it would be fine to double this?

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m excited to try it!

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