If you’re looking for something a little different, try having this with scones. It’s much richer than applesauce, but just as simple to make. My sister eats it warm with a spoon- but she’s an electrical engineer, so I don’t know if you should follow her choices. This isn’t limited to scones- try it on toast, muffins, or even as a low fat icing for cupcakes! Spice cupcakes topped with apple butter and a cinnamon stick for garnish would be amazing.
4 apples (I used opal apples, but I think Braeburn or McIntosh would work best!)
3 cinnamon quills (or 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder)
4 cloves (or ½ teaspoon ground cloves)
1 sugar cube (or 1 tablespoon sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Start by peeling the apples. Peels have no place in apple butter. They’d get all slimy, and start to separate but not fall off of the apples, and be chewy and weird and gross. Peel the apples. Preferably with a serrated peeler or paring knife! It’ll cut both your time and your chances of peeling off a bit of your fingernail in half. Happens all the time. I’m constantly torn between wanting long, beautiful, polished nails- and cooking. Ain’t easy on the old talons..
Once they’re all peeled, slice them up thinly,
and then throw them into a slow cooker. I wasn’t making too much, so I used this baby slow cooker. I love tiny versions of things. That’s why my dog can fit in my purse! For now. One day, he’s going to be bigger than me, and I cannot wait to ride him into battle (read: Whole Foods right before Christmas)
Now throw in the spices, vanilla, and sugar. I didn’t have any white sugar on hand, and I thought brown sugar would throw off the taste, so I dug out the sugar cubes. I may have eaten one. Or two. Fine, I ate three. Happy?
Let this cook for about three hours, until the apples are completely soft. You should be able to easily mush it with a spoon. In that time, five new indictments should have been bought against this administration.
Remove the spices, and then puree it in a blender,
and then pour it back into the slow cooker for another hour.
The color will be brown, the flavor will be deep, and your kitchen will smell great. You can serve this hot or cold- but I think it’s much better hot!