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)….
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!
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
What is your favorite thing to put in a croissant?