Time to Cook…Apple Butter (Masło Jabłkowe)

Apples are on sale this week at a local grocery store for about 1.69 zlotys a kilogram (.25 American cents a pound), crazy I know!  So of course I had to buy some.  One of the things I miss from the USA is eating at one of my favorite restaurants, Cracker Barrel.  One of the foods I loved to eat there was Apple Butter.  Well for some CRAZY reason I cannot find Apple Butter here so if I want to eat some I have to make it myself.  Being how apples are really cheap now, this is a perfect time to make some as a little batch takes 12 apples.

My house smelled so good when I woke up yesterday morning as I cooked this overnight.  I cooked mine for about 13 hours on low and then an additional 2 hours on high in my crock pot.

While mine tasted delicious, it is not Cracker Barrel but my kids already ate half the batch in one day! So I guess I need to run to the store and get some more apples if I want to freeze some for this winter.

Now let me quick clarify for my Polish readers….this is not real butter made from cow’s milk.  It is just apple that went cooked down, it turns into a thick spread like butter.  We eat it on bread just like butter.

So what do you need to make your own Apple Butter or  Masło Jabłko (as they say in Polish)….

12 Apples

1/4 to 1/2 Cup Water depending on how juicy your apples are

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground Nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground Cloves

1. Peel, core and cube the apples.

2. Add spices and sugar to the cut apples.

3. Then mix together. 

4. Then put into crock pot and cook on low for 12 hours.  I started mine in the evening and then when I woke up it was done.

It will look a nice deep brown when finished.  The apples will also fall apart when you stir them and look like this.

5. With immersion blender directly into the crock pot or with a traditional blender (one cup at a time) mix….

the apples until smooth like this.

6. I then put the blended apples back into the crock pot and cooked on high for an additional 2 hours with the lid open slightly….

until they where a bit more thick like this.

I then poured the Apple Butter into a bowl to cool down for a few hours.  

At this point you can then pour into smaller containers and freeze them or put them in the refrigerator like I did as I knew my family was going to eat the Apple Butter right away!

Here is my favorite way of eating Apple Butter…with a fresh croissant(or two)!

  I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

What is your favorite thing to put in a croissant?

love kelley
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13 Responses to Time to Cook…Apple Butter (Masło Jabłkowe)

  1. Adam says:

    It looks like our (polish) marmolada or powidła jabłkowe…

  2. Mirka says:

    I would rather say Masło Jabłkowe. Masło Jabłko makes no sense in Polish. And it is simply marmolada.
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    • Mirka,

      Thanks for the heads up on the name. We learned something about how the Polish language names are either male, female or neutral. Then depending what they are, the different endings they could have and I guess this is one of the special cases. I was pretty proud of myself I did not have to use Google Translate for these words that I actually knew them! I am changing the post name next!

      Thanks again!! If I mess up again please let me know!! I am going to conquer this Polish language one day, promise!

      • Adam says:

        About “jabłkowy/jabłkowe” it is simple explanation – in english noun and adjective “apple” it is the same word, but in polish noun is “jabłko”, but adjective is word “jabłkowy/jabłkowe/jabłkowe ….”.
        Don`t worry – ten years ago I started learning english and it is hard job for me, but 37 years ago I started learning polish and it is never ending story…

  3. Adam says:

    It seems to be so popular in Poland that you can`t buy it in shops……..:) Everyone who wants to do this is doing it at home by yourself. But it is truth that it isn`t so popular as 30 years ago (maybe because our grandmothers did it too often). In bydgoszcz is produced something like this – http://www.stovit.com.pl/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=60 This is used for cakes (apple pie – szarlotka), but you can try to eat it.

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  6. katie h says:

    mmm looks delicious! I looooove apples! :)

  7. Lily Kwan says:

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

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