I am slightly addicted to Pinterest. Not sure why, but I am obsessed with what everyone else is pinning. And I am obsessed with ideas that I will probably never get around to.
However, this weekend I had about a half a bushel of apples to do something with. See, Biff bought me an apple tree (Golden Delicious self-pollinating!) for my birthday a couple of years ago, and this year the tree produced A LOT of apples! We can only eat so many a day, so I decided to do something with the rest of them. Having no idea what to do, besides make an apple crisp, I looked to Pinterest for answers. And I found it: apple butter.
Now, like some of you, I thought apple butter was some sort of apple mixed with butter. Wrong! It is just cooked down apples, and it looks sorta like butter! So I decided to try it. In the crock pot. Because Pinterest is not only about doing new things, but doing it the easy way!
All it takes is apples, water, some sugar and cinnamon. It calls for allspice, too, but I didn’t have any. No problem!
First, I peeled and cored the apples, and this was really the most time-consuming part.
Then I popped it all in the crock pot (notice the liner I bought).
After about twelve hours, it looked good enough to eat! I followed the Pinner’s advice and used my immersion blender to get it nice and creamy. And I was done!
This doesn’t make enough to give as gifts or anything. I am glad I tried it, though, and the apple butter tastes wonderful on toast. It makes a great alternative to actual butter and jam; a lot fewer calories to worry about! I am thinking about making this for Christmas gifts for Biff’s family, so I will be making a much bigger batch next month. I am glad that not all of the things I see on Pinterest are complete crap!