Fall is my favorite.
Some people love Christmas. Thanksgiving has many adoring fans, rightly so. But leave me Halloween – and all that the fall season brings. This is my happy place. There’s just something about themed family costumes, college football, the hope for cool(er) air, and everything pumpkin and apple! This sweet spot from September through November is dreamy, and I squeeze every drop of possible goodness from it, thank you very much.
On August 31, I legitimately queue up everything pumpkin and apple, in anticipation of flipping the switch on September 1 to celebrate autumn – despite the scorching, 90-degree Florida temperatures outside.
Making apple butter annually helps set the tone for the best season for us. Our family loves this tradition. It is super simple, and oh so very delicious.
Homemade Apple Butter
- 5-6 pounds large apples: peeled, cored and sliced thin
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place sliced apples in slow cooker with sugars, cinnamon, vanilla and salt. Mix well.
- Cook on low for 10 hours, stirring every hour. The butter will become dark brown and thick.
- After 10 hours, use a blender to puree the apple butter until smooth.
- Cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks.
-Use your favorite kind of apples for this recipe. We tend to pick Gala apples.
-Adjust the sugars to your liking. The measurements above are the perfect amount of sweetness for us.
-My family highly recommends topping biscuits, toast – or even vanilla ice cream with this homemade treat.
-It’s yummiest served warm.
Happy Fall, y’all!