December 3, 2015

Winter's Slow Cooked Apple Butter

Winter brings with it a coziness; hot oatmeal, sweaters, socks, good books, soup, and a good cup of tea. There’s also a very wintery combination: apples and cinnamon. The smell wafts through the house and you know it’s apple butter.

And so here is my ingredients for the wonderful treat, that you will surely want to enjoy this holiday season!

Winter’s Slow Cooked Apple Butter:
8 cups of apples
2 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
(optional: add sugar or honey to taste - if needed)

Peel and slice apples into a crock pot, cook on low for 4 hours. Stir, and mash by hand (a potato masher works good). Cook an additional 8 hours (with the lid tilted on low, to allow moisture to escape, to thicken). Add spices the last half hour of cooking. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy! I put mine on hot oatmeal, spread on toast, or even a dollop on plain yogurt.

No need for thank little merry elves, you're most welcome!
No go about your decking the halls!

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