Hey guys! Hope you’re having a fabulous fall! This is one of my most favorite of all times of year not just because I love the cold, crisp air fall brings, but also the smells. Since it’s getting close to Thanksgiving as well, I thought I would give you a special treat!
This is one of my all time favorite Fall is here recipes to make. This recipe has been made in my family for a good 15 years now and to me it always symbolizes that Fall is upon us.
Now for your ingredients:
- 6 pounds of tart cooking apples – I usually use Granny Smith or Jonathan apples but if you have a favorite, by all means try ’em out!
- 2 cups apple cider – Apple juice works as well, but not as good as a thicker cider.
- 3 cups sugar – You can use white or brown sugar. Brown sugar will make it a little darker in color to start with.
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 Tablespoons secret ingredient
Total Time: About 4 hours from start to finish.
Here’s what you’re gonna do:
Take the apples and after they’ve been washed, peel them and cut them. The smaller you cut the pieces, the better they will cook down.
Take a pot and mix the apples and the cider. Put them on the stove for 30 minutes. The longer the apples stay on the stove, the easier they are to mash or food process. I would suggest a 30 minute cook time, but don’t go over 40 minutes, that would just turn them to complete mush.
Stir the apples while they’re cooking. Start them on high for about 5 minutes. After that, take it down to less than half way or simmer.
Once you’ve cooked them down, you’re going to want to mash them or put them in the blender. This all depends on how thick you want your apple butter, but again you’re gonna cook them back up in a little while anyways.
After that, you’re going to add your sugar, cinnamon, allspice, and cloves to the pot and put it on high again for about 3 minutes. The next part of this recipe takes the major chunk of time and doesn’t need to be completely watched or babied, but step in every once in a while to make sure it’s doing great!
30 minutes into the pot simmering is where you’re going to add the secret recipe. Now I use more than 2 Tablespoons myself, but this is according to taste and color preference. My secret ingredient is molasses. Add the molasses and continue to let it cook for 1 1/2 to 2 more hours.
After this you can jar it and give it to friends or family as an awesome just thinking of you present. Another cool thing to do is to glaze your meat of choice with this yummy deliciousness!!
This recipe yields about 5 pints of apple butter.
Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
Taylor, The Food Lover Gone Southern