Now that fall is fully on it's way. I've been trying out a fall recipe once a week. Last year I wanted apple butter badly and could not seem to find it anywhere at the store. So this year I decided to finally attempt to make it myself. ( I might have tried it at some point years ago with the crockpot and whole cinnamon sticks that ended up falling apart like boney shards throughout the mixture but have purposely forgotten that awful fiasco. )
With that being said I have tried this recipe twice now and it has proven to be both easy and delicious. The only real set back is peeling all of the apples. Which can take a while.
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup apple cider
2/3 cup light brown sugar
2 1/2 lbs apples (peeled and sliced. I used McIntosh)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla extract
Peel, core and slice the apples and add them to a large pot or sauce pan.
Mix in the lemon juice, then sprinkle with the cinnamon, brown sugar, and add the vanilla.
Cook over medium heat until apples are tender then transfer them to a blender. ( I use a big glass Margarita Blender)
Blend the cooked apple mixture until smooth.
Then pour the blended apple mixture back into the pot and reduce the heat, simmer them for 1 1/2 to 2 more hours. Letting the apple butter thicken and reduce a bit. Once it's ready it should be thicker and hold its shape if you make a line through it with a spatula.
Bring the pot off the heat and let sit a couple minutes to cool a little, then transfer to a clean jar or container. Store covered in the fridge until ready to use and enjoy. :)
So you might want to make a double batch.