Last year we went up to our local apple orchard and bought so many apples. I think we came home with at least 150 apples. It was so much fun and we just kept picking them! I then had to figure out what we were going to do with all of those apples. They really taste good fresh, but you can't eat 150 apples in a week or two. I don't even think the 4 of us in our house could manage that! I started looking around for recipes and found a simple apple butter recipe. I messed around with it a bit and came up with a really easy and delicious recipe for apple butter. I can mine when I'm done and that way I have it in my pantry all year round.
5 cups applesauce (Note: you can use homemade applesauce or canned)
4 cups white sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Combine the above ingredients and bring to a boil over a high heat. Once the mixture boils reduce the heat to low and boil (gently) for 30 minutes. Keep the pot uncovered and stir occassionally. fAllow it to cool. I then can mine by following the directions for canning on the package of jars from the store. We use this on toast, fresh bread, ice cream and yogurt.
It also makes a great gift too for teachers.
What is your favorite way to enjoy apples in the fall?