Glorious Spiced Apple Butter Recipe:
12 “ugly” Apples
½ cup Water
1 tsp Cinnamon
¼ tsp Nutmeg
¼ tsp Clove
¼ tsp Fresh Ginger
¼ tsp Cardamom
1 Star Anise
It’s that time of the year where we get over-zealous about apple picking or apples in general! We buy enough to keep a horde of doctors away, and then proceed to let them wither and die on our counters. Those apples are usually the best ones to transform into spiced apple butter. It’s the most satisfying fall glow-up!
To begin the process of preparing your spiced apple butter, peel all your bruised and ugly apples. The one rule to abide by for this recipe is “You only throw out a rotten apple”. Once the apples are peeled and diced, throw them in a crockpot on high heat, top them off with the water and spices, give them all a mix and cover them.
After 4 hours, check on the apples, give them a stir, and cover again. You pretty much want the apple juices to slowly reduce and the natural sugars to caramelize until you get a buttery, deep amber paste. After 8 hours in the crockpot, your spiced apple butter should be ready! I like mine paired with sharp cheddar or on a lamb burger.
Disclaimer: You can make this recipe in a saucepan on the stove but consider yourself warned. You will need to watch the apples like a hawk. Stir the mix constantly as if your life depended on it, otherwise, it will stick and burn!
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***If you are interested in exploring the history of Middle Eastern cuisine, check out this 13th-century book called Scents and Flavors: A Syrian Cookbook.