Monday, August 23, 2010
Finger Lickin' Good Homemade Apple Butter
If you love food and haven't been to the Smokey Mountains, you really should! Things are done a little different there. Almost every restaurant that we dined in was family-owned and operated, including the Apple Barn. One taste of their homemade apple butter, and we were hooked! Almost a year later, one of Michael's co-workers brought him three pounds of apples from her vacation home in North Carolina. Guess what he wanted to make? Homemade Apple Butter! Here's his recipe:
3 pounds of green apples
4 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons of nutmeg
3 teaspoons of cinnamon
Measuring cups and spoons
Jars or plastic containers for storage
Wash, peel and core apples. Chop into small pieces. The smaller you chop them, the less time they will take to cook.
Cook the chopped apples in a large pan over low heat for about an hour, stirring frequently. Use a potato masher to break down the chunks. Once the apples have cooked down and changed color, add the sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Stir and cook for another 30 minutes or so. Place the apple butter in a jar or plastic container. You will have enough to share and the jars make great gifts! You can freeze it or store in the refrigerator for up to three months.