Small Batch Spiced Maple Apple Butter Recipe
There is a farm about twenty minutes outside of my hometown that throws a massive festival every fall. It runs every weekend from the end of September through Halloween. There is a pumpkin patch, tractor rides, face painting, music, food, an impressive corn maze, kettle corn and a general store filled with jars of jam, pickles, fruit, relish, and everyone’s fall favorite, apple butter.
As a child, I loved apple butter. I could not understand why we only had it in the fall. I wanted to eat it on everything. That hasn’t changed. The only problem is that traditional apple butter recipes call for quite a lot of sugar, which is off limits for me right now. One of the great things about cooking at home however, is the ability to improvise and customize your favorite things. The trick to apple butter is not the sugar. Some good maple syrup and the apples themselves provide plenty of sweetness. The trick is cooking the apples for a long time.
The best way to do this is in a slow cooker or crock pot. Using a slow cooker makes this one of the easiest treats you will make this fall. You basically peel some apples, throw them and your other ingredients in your slow cooker and go to bed, when you wake up all you’ll have to do is add some vanilla let it finish up while your start your day and then throw it in the food processor and puree it. The amount of time you have to spend in the kitchen is about eight minutes.
Its hard to find many from scratch recipes that require that little effort. To top it off the recipe below is a small batch recipe that only makes about two pints. That way you won’t end up with apple butter coming out of your ears (fun mental image, I know), but you’ll have just enough to enjoy as a treat in the weeks to come. If you would like to make more to share with some lucky family members or friends the recipe is also easy to double or triple.
Aside from using your apple butter on sandwiches and toast I recommend pairing it with roasted chicken as a dipping sauce. It is deliciously amazing.
Attending that fall festival every year and scoring some delicious apple butter is one of my favorite memories. What is one of your favorite fall memories? Let me know in the comments below!
3 lbs of apples peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup of maple syrup
2 Tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp cloves
½ tsp salt
1 ½ Tsp vanilla extract
Place your peeled and sliced apples into a 2.5 quart or larger slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves and salt and pour over the apples. Cook on low for 8 hours.
Stir in your vanilla extract, breaking up any large chunks of apples that remain and cook for another 2 hours, uncovered.
Pour your apples into your food processor or use an immersion blender and puree. Allow it to cool and spoon it into jars. Enjoy!
- 3 lbs of apples peeled, cored and sliced
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup
- 2 Tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cloves
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ Tsp vanilla extract
- Place your peeled and sliced apples into a 2.5 quart or larger slow cooker. In a small bowl, mix together maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves and salt and pour over the apples. Cook on low for 8 hours.
- Stir in your vanilla extract, breaking up any large chunks of apples that remain and cook for another 2 hours, uncovered.
- Pour your apples into your food processor or use an immersion blender and puree. Allow it to cool and spoon it into jars. Enjoy!