If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we went apple picking over the weekend – an almost required early fall activity! We decided to get the largest bag possible and ended up with 20lbs of apples. The first thing I made was an apple pie, which is almost the very reason to go apple picking, wouldn’t you agree? But then we decided to make apple butter.
Did you know that apple butter is not, in fact butter? Rather a yummy combination of slow-cooked apples, sugar, and cider. And therefore a more heart-healthy toast topper! We used this easy-to-make recipe from Food Network Magazine that allows you to slow-cook the apple butter in the oven at a low temp. Be warned though – this only lasts about 5 days in the fridge, for that reason we halved the recipe.
Place in a pre-heated 250-degree oven and cook for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours, stirring every 3o minutes. Cook until the mixture thickens and looks like, well – butter!