Crockpot Apple Butter

Making your own apple butter couldn’t be any easier with this crockpot apple butter recipe!

Crockpot Apple Butter

Now that fall is in full swing it’s time to crank out some delicious fall recipes.  One thing that screams fall to me, aside from pumpkin everything, is apples.  We love apples in our house and eat them year round!  

This recipe was actually my first shot at making apple butter.  Thankfully for me, and you, it turned out ammaazzzing!  Don’t you love when recipes turn out great on the first try?

Crockpot Apple Butter

I’ve been using my crockpot like crazy lately and I’m quickly beginning to realize how much I’ve missed using it.  I’ll find any excuse to break out the crockpot and throw something in it, so crockpot apple butter was a no brainer!  The only work you really have to do with making this apple butter is to peel, core, and slice the apples.  Once you’ve done that you toss the apples with some sugar and spices and then let it cook in the crockpot.

I’ve also come to realize that a lot of apple butter recipes call for insane amounts of sugar.  In my opinion apples are already sweet enough, so four plus cups of sugar seemed to be a little bit too much.  There is only 1 1/2 cups of sugar in this recipe, but I can assure you that it was more than enough to sweeten this apple butter. 

Crockpot Apple Butter

It’s best to use a combination of different apples for this recipe.  Some great options are granny smith, gala, honey crisp, and fuji apples.  I used a combination of granny smith, gala, and red delicious.  I’m not a huge fan of red delicious apples, I much prefer gala or fuji apples over them any day.  I was a little concerned that they wouldn’t work in this recipe, but they ended up working great!  You can feel free to use whatever combination of apples you prefer for this recipe, just try to go more for apples that tend to be a little sweeter.

Once you let the apple butter cook for about 10 hours (yes, 10 hours!) you’ll mash up any chunks of apples and then let it go for another two hours.  Once those two hours are up, just toss it into the blender and blend until smooth.  I put my apple butter back into the crockpot for another 45 minutes-1 hour with the lid slightly ajar to let it thicken up a little more, but this step is completely optional.  Once it was finished, I ended up with about five cups of apple butter.

This apple butter is great spread on some toast, English muffins, muffins, or eaten with a spoon.  Now I just need to figure out how two people are going to consume five cups of apple butter?  Who am I kidding.. we will find a way!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Crockpot Apple Butter
 
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Making your own apple butter couldn't be any easier with this crockpot apple butter recipe!
Ingredients
  • 5 lbs. apples* (peeled, cored, and sliced)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. salt
Instructions
  1. Prepare crockpot by spraying well with cooking spray or use a crockpot liner.
  2. Peel, core, and slice all of the apples and place them in the crockpot.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples and stir well, making sure to coat all of the apples.
  4. Set the crockpot on low for 10 hours. After the 10 hours, mash any chunks of apple that remain. Allow to cook for an additional two hours.
  5. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processer and blend until smooth. You may have to do this in two separate batches so you do not overflow the blender. Be sure to also place a towel over the top, so you do not burn your hand (the mixture will be very hot). You can also use an immersion blender for this step.
  6. If you prefer, transfer the apple butter back to the crockpot a little longer with the lid slightly ajar to let it thicken up some more.
  7. Once the apple butter is finished, transfer to containers and allow to cool completely, then refrigerate.
Notes
I used about one pound of granny smith, two pounds of gala apples, and two pounds of red delicious apples for this recipe. The five pounds of apples is measured before peeling, coring, and slicing.

Apple butter will keep for about two weeks in the fridge and can also be frozen.

This recipe yields about 5-6 cups of apple butter.

 Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Seasoned Pretzels

These seasoned pretzels are simple to prepare and make a perfect appetizer or snack.  Serve these at your next football party for an easy snack that everyone will love!

Seasoned Pretzels

Football season is here and to me that only means one thing.  Food!  Ok, and maybe some football thrown in there too.  But let’s be honest, one of the main things people love about football (besides the sport itself) is the food that comes along with it.  I can definitely agree with that statement, considering I only focus solely on the food when it comes to any football related party. 

After making my buffalo chicken dip, I wanted to come up with another fun recipe that would be great for football season or just to eat in general.  One thing that instantly came to my mind was pretzels, they’re the perfect little poppable snack!

Seasoned Pretzels

I love pretzels, but hardly eat them enough.  Mainly because I’m like a bottomless pit when I get around them.  I love any kind of pretzel from soft pretzels to hard pretzels or even cinnamon sugar coated pretzels.  But now I’m including these seasoned pretzels on the list too because they’re soooo good and addictive too!

But be warned that this recipe makes a lot of pretzels, not that it’s such a bad thing if you’re making them for a party.  But if you’re like me and making them for you and one other person, well it’s not such a good thing.  I shared about half of them with my sister and then hoarded the rest all to myself.  Okay and maybe my husband too. 

Seasoned Pretzels

The weird thing with these pretzels is that they start to mysteriously disappear.  Weird, right?  They may disappear even faster at your next football party.  Don’t believe me?  Try them for yourself!

 

5.0 from 5 reviews
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These seasoned pretzels are simple to prepare and make a perfect appetizer or snack. Serve these at your next football party for an easy snack that everyone will love!
Ingredients
  • 1 16oz. bag hard pretzels (whatever kind you prefer)
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 1 1oz. package ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dill weed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets (this makes a lot, so you will need two!).
  2. Place pretzels in a large bowl or gallon size bag.
  3. Whisk the oil, ranch seasoning mix, garlic powder, and dill weed together in a separate bowl.
  4. Pour mixture over the pretzels and stir (if using a bowl) or shake (if using a bag) well until all of the pretzels are evenly coated.
  5. Pour pretzels out onto prepared baking sheets. If there is any oil remaining in the bowl/bag simply pour it over the pretzels on the baking sheet and stir them around to coat well.
  6. Bake for 45-50 minutes, stirring in 15 minute increments.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to cool on baking sheet.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
Pretzels will keep in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.

 Adapted from Taste of Home

Serve these pretzels alongside this creamy and spicy buffalo chicken dip!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Writing Process Blog Tour

So today I’m not sharing a recipe, but doing something a little different on Live Well Bake Often!  The writing process tour is kind of a fun way to learn more about what goes on behind the blog and about how I write.  If this isn’t your thing, then feel free to skip over this post.  I’ll have a delicious football party appetizer to share with you all on Thursday!

I was nominated by Sarah from Whole and Heavenly Oven for this challenge.  If you don’t already know Sarah, you should definitely click over to her blog.  Sarah was one of the first bloggers to find my blog and we instantly became blogging BFF’s.  Because that is a real thing, you know.  She has amazing recipes and every time she posts a new one I want to go make it like right at that moment.  Not kidding.  Like these ultimate gluten-free fudge brownies, these are what dreams are made of people. 

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This green detox smoothie makes a great breakfast or healthy snack to help you get back on track!  Add in some greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder for a complete and healthy meal.

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