It’s October, and that means its time to share another tasty recipe with all of you! This month we are sharing a simple, four ingredient slow cooker apple butter recipe paired with a heartfelt story about giving. In case you missed the announcement, I’ve joined up with my mom, Susan (aka, Heart) who will begin guest hosting here on my blog once a month, sharing recipes and stories that are full of our family’s heritage. You can read more about how this journey got started, HERE. This month, my mom is sharing her famous apple butter recipe. It’s so delicious, you’ll be surprised how simple it is to make!
A Kitchen with Heart: Apple Butter
Written By: Susan Webster
A Giving Heart
As a very young mother, I can vividly remember my mother coming over one day in the fall with an armful of gorgeous, flowering mums. We rushed to lend a hand as she could barely carry them all. It was so exciting!!! As a young, stay-at-home mother, money was very tight and there was little in the budget for flowers. She knew what it would mean to me…she just knew. And it didn’t end with flowers; she had a heart for giving. She was a “Giver”…
I was blessed to come from a long line of “Givers!” It was said of my dad’s mother, Grandmother Banning, that if you didn’t monogram her name on it she would give it away. She was a minister and great woman of God who had little desire for material things and was always happy to share with someone who needed it more. My maternal grandmother and mother were also “Givers!” As far back as I can remember both of those sweet ladies would share gifts from their kitchen. If a casserole or baked goodie was given, it was often returned with a similar, kind gesture and always with a note of sincere appreciation. When they paid a visit to a friend they would take a little something to say, “I’ve been thinking of you.” It was rarely a big gift; just a little gift with a big impact because it came from the heart.
Apple butter is one of those little gifts from the kitchen. I am sharing a very simple and delicious recipe that can be made in the slow cooker overnight and finished in the morning. I usually “can” apple butter in half-pint and pint-sized jars, but it can also be kept in the freezer for giving later. It makes an even lovelier gift when paired with a rustic loaf of Artisan Bread like the one I shared HERE several months ago. I sincerely hope you enjoy this recipe and our little reminiscences from the past. I KNOW you will enjoy the art of giving.
- 1 dozen small apples ( mixed variety), cored and cubed (approx. 4 ½ lbs)
- ½ cup water
- ⅔ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Core and cube a dozen apples (or approx. 4 ½ lbs.). It is not necessary to peel the apples as it will all be blended at the end and you will not notice...besides it saves a ton of time. 🙂 I used a mixture of granny smith, gala and red. I’ve used many different varieties and they all turn out yummy.
- Put everything in the slow cooker for approximately 7 hours on high and let it do it’s magic..blending every hour or so. This can be done overnight or all day on low if that is a better.
- Keep lid of slow cooker propped open so that the Apple Butter thickens for approximately 1 hour on high. Keep an eye on it at this point so it doesn’t burn.
- Blend the apple butter in a blender for a smooth consistency. Be careful it is very hot!
- My favorite step...ENJOY immediately, freeze or can using the water bath canning method.
Acts 20:35 It is more blessed to give than to receive.
As always, thank you for taking the time to read along, and today especially, while my mom guest hosted. If you liked her apple butter recipe, I’m sure you’d love to try her decadent mocha brownies. You can get the recipe HERE. If you’re interested, please subscribe to the Joyfully Rooted newsletter to get the latests posts in your inbox. My hope is to inspire, tell a story, lend a helpful hand in your home and heart, and bring glory to God.