Applesauce & Apple Butter – Your Recipes for Fall

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Applesauce and apple butter (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
(Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Fall has finally arrived! It’s the season of cool breezes in the air, comfy jackets, and colorful leaves crunching under our feet. It’s also the time of year for apples! And what better way to start the season than with applesauce and apple butter. Today, I’m going to give you my recipes for both of these delicious, delectable apple favorites. 

 

The weather is absolutely perfect for heading out to your local apple orchard and doing some pick-your-own apples. There’s something sweet and nostalgic about taking a hayride out to the fields, walking through rows of apple trees, and finally selecting just the right fruit (and maybe sneaking a bite or two of a juicy apple for yourself).

Applesauce and apple butter - I love this time of year! (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
I love this time of year! (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

If you don’t have the time or opportunity to visit an apple orchard, though, you can always pick up some apples at your local farmer’s market or supermarket. As apples are in season right now, you’ll find the freshest fruit at the sweetest prices!

 

I picked up about a dozen apples for myself, most of which are going to be made into applesauce and apple butter…plus a couple just to munch on for snacks. For these recipes, I used Gala apples…but you can use any sweet apple that you enjoy!

 

Both of these recipes use a slow cooker, so there’s no slaving over a hot stove. Just gather your ingredients, put everything in the pot, turn it on, and walk away for hours. I decided to start out by making applesauce and when it was finished, I scooped half of it out of the slow cooker, then let the other half become apple butter. The cooking times given below, however, assume that you are making each separately. Each recipes makes approximately 2 cups.

 

Ingredients for both Applesauce and Apple Butter

  • 8 to 10 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Dash nutmeg

 

Applesauce

Peel, core, and chop apples and place in slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and toss well with apples.

Applesauce and apple butter - Apples tossed with other ingredients, ready for cooking (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Apples tossed with other ingredients, ready for cooking (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Cover slow cooker and cook on high for about 2-½ hours, until apples are soft. Mash the apples using a potato masher until desired consistency. That’s it!

Applesauce and apple butter - Mashing apples for applesauce (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Mashing apples for applesauce (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Apple Butter

Peel, core, and chop apples and place in slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients and toss well with apples. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for about 9 hours, until sauce has turned brown and thickened. 

Scoop out apple butter and place in a narrow container or small saucepan. Using an immersion blender, blend apple butter until smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, you may use a regular blender or a food processor, just be aware that the result may not be as smooth. Enjoy!

Applesauce and apple butter - Smoothing apple butter with immersion blender (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Smoothing apple butter with immersion blender – Notice the dark color (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Apple butter should stay good in a closed container in the fridge for several weeks.

Applesauce and apple butter - Finished apple butter (Photo by Viana Boenzli)
Finished apple butter (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Still have some apples left over? Check out my recipe for the World’s Best Apple Pie, including a homemade butter crust, and my Mini Apple-Pear Pies too!

 

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Applesauce and apple butter (Photo by Viana Boenzli)

Applesauce & Apple Butter - Your Recipes for the Beginning of Fall

Fall has finally arrived! It’s the season of cool breezes in the air, comfy jackets, and colorful leaves crunching under our feet. It’s also the time of year for apples! And what better way to start the season than with applesauce and apple butter.
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients
  

  • 8 to 10 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped into 1” pieces
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Dash nutmeg

Instructions
 

Applesauce

  • Peel, core, and chop apples and place in slow cooker.
  • Add remaining ingredients and toss well with apples.
  • Cover slow cooker and cook on high for about 2-½ hours. That’s it!

Apple Butter

  • Peel, core, and chop apples and place in slow cooker.
  • Add remaining ingredients and toss well with apples. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for about 9 hours. 
  • Scoop out apple butter and place in a narrow container or small saucepan. Using an immersion blender, blend apple butter until smooth. Enjoy!
  • Apple butter should stay good in a closed container in the fridge for several weeks.

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