Fall is my Favorite – Homemade Apple Butter

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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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

-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! 

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Mary Carhart
Essentially a native of SoFla, Mary grew up the fourth of five children in Delray Beach. The tallest of the girls (hello six feet!), she was an overachiever in every way. A graduate of the University of Florida, where she met her handsome husband – Mary realized the power of people, relationships, and volunteering at a young age. Mary and her husband have very full hearts raising one beautiful daughter and celebrating the awesome lives of their huge Italian family with 17 nieces and nephews. Professionally, Mary spent 14 years at a luxury resort on Palm Beach, working in events, recruiting, and ultimately community outreach. In 2016, she left the corporate world to devote her career to nonprofit work as the Director of Advancement at Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County. She remains very active in the community, juggling work/momming/and life - as room mother in her daughter’s class, through committee work with United Way of Palm Beach County’s Women United steering committee and Leadership Palm Beach County (GOAT Class of 2019), and as an annual volunteer Guardian for Southeast Florida Honor Flight. Having lost her mom at a very young age, Mary‘s goal is connecting with women who occupy that same space – and bringing laughter to every day. She resides in Jupiter and adores musicals, tacos, concerts, and baking.

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