Autumn is my favorite season for hosting and having good people over for great conversation…and food. Last night, I had some friends over for a game night, and my kitchen suddenly entered a fall frenzy. I wanted to cook something up that would be simple, easy on the budget, but incredibly festive.
This tasty recipe only requires about 10 minutes of prep, and then completely cooks itself! Not only is it delicious, but will fill your entire home with the aromas of fall. Don’t be fooled by the minimal ingredients and effort involved: this crockpot delight is surprisingly versatile and packed with flavor. I served my apple butter with pumpkin cranberry crisps and pumpkin muffins, fresh out of the oven. I also highly recommend serving them with a game of Apples to Apples!
What to do:
Place one cup of water in the crockpot and turn it on high. Peel and slice your apples and throw them into the crockpot as well. Add your cinnamon, clove, and stevia. Let it simmer on high for about 3 hours, stirring every once in a while, and then turn your crockpot on low for another 2-3 hours. Your apples will become soft and you will be able to use a whisk to beat and mash them easily.
The apples add enough sweetness that you really don’t need more than just a tiny touch of stevia. Here are some other ideas and ways you can serve your fall concoction:
Sweet and savory Octoberfest sausages…
I have been absolutely loving Tofurkey vegan Italian sausages. Have a little Octoberfest by serving up some sausages topped with your apple butter, along with a side of sweet potato mash and a pumpkin brew!
Simply sweet apple sauce…
For a decadent, caramel-like apple sauce dessert, simply add a touch of brown sugar and an extra two tablespoons of water to your apple butter.
Hot apple cider…
Add another two cups of water, half a cup of apple cider vinegar, a touch more stevia, and let it simmer in the crockpot where your guests can help themselves to a hot fall drink! I highly recommend topping this treat with whipped cream.
Enjoy your apple month!