With the abundance of apples we still have from all our picking adventures I decided the other day that I need to start making more things. Apple butter was one recipe that I had not yet tried so I thought I would give it a go. Following a simple recipe I placed the peeled, cored and sliced apples into my crock pot to bake for the day. I don't really know what apple butter is suppose to taste like; it's a bit sweet but I think that it will be delicious on fresh biscuits.
This week I had to make snack for the Pregnancy Resource Center so with lots of pureed pumpkin in my fridge, that hadn't made it to the freezer yet, I decided to make Niki's pumpkin chocolate chip cookie recipe. I totally forgot until reading the recipe that it calls for 1/2 cup of apple butter (pretty sure apple sauce can be used as well).
The remains of the apples (peels, cores and seeds) were placed into a large pot to be boiled down for the juice. Instead of canning the juice this time I put it into the crock pot with some spices to make my first batch of apple cider.
Hot Apple Cider
8 cups apple juice or apple cider
2 cinnamon sticks
2 whole cloves
2 allspice berries
1 whole nutmeg
1/2 orange peel, cut into strips
1/2 lemon peel, cut into strips
1. Pour apple juice into a large pot or crock pot.
2. Place spice into pot along with orange and lemon peels.
3. If cooking on the stove top bring to a boil and then reduce heat, or put into a crock pot on low or warm, to low to keep drink warm. If you are making in the crock pot, put on high for 2 hours to allow it to get hot. Then reduce heat to warm or low.
This recipe fills your house with a delicious aroma! Its so nice to be able to enjoy a hot drink on these cold nights.