It's apple pie and vanilla ice cream. And it only took me 1 minute to make.
Ok so it's not exactly apple pie. But it tastes JUST like it. On a Monday night, when I do not feel like making a crust thankyouverymuch...that'll do.
So how did I achieve this Monday night amazingness? Well, a few weeks ago, I bought some apples. And this:
Eric and I cored, peeled, and sliced 14 apples in about 7 minutes! Yes, seriously seven minutes
So, I took my 14 sliced apples and threw them in the crockpot, with a splash of vanilla extract.
I smashed them with a potato masher for awhile, and then let them cook on low for 10 hours. I then added 3/4c of brown sugar and 3/4c white sugar (too much, I'll use less next time,) and some spices (cinnamon & cloves.)
I did all that in 10 minutes the first night and three minutes the next morning before work. I let it cook all day like that (10 hours on low) and when I came home, I had apple butter! Just like that!
I put it in the fridge, and then a few days later I reheated and canned it.
So what is apple butter? (I really had no idea, I just knew it sounded awesome & easy.)
It's basically apple sauce cooked down to the point that it's spreadable. It looks like a can of preserves.
And it is delicious! I tasted it during the cooking process & loved it, but I was left with one question:
So how do you eat apple butter?
I have tried it three ways:
- On toast
- On a banana nut muffin
- On ice cream
Toast: I don't want to hate on toast, which is one of my favorite foods (yes I'm boring,) but it was weird to eat something so sweet on toast. If I were a jelly toast kind of girl, I might feel differently.
Banana Nut Muffin: Definitely an improvement over the toast. Really good. The apple butter added some great flavor & moisture to my somewhat dry (I made them so I can say it) muffin.
Ice Cream: Well, this was just sublime. It really did taste like apple pie with vanilla ice cream.
There are a ton of ways people eat apple butter, but that's how I ate my first jar! :)
How about you? Ever had it? Ever heard of it?
Believe me, I will be making more & soon...we haven't even gone apple picking yet!