Saturday, February 20, 2010

Apple of my Eye


My son loves apples. For a while, when he was younger, he thought they were balls to throw around the house or roll on the ground. Frequently we would find petrified apples in the toy basket, behind the couch or under the TV stand. Now that he's older he realizes that they are actually there to eat, not practice in the backyard with. For some reason he really likes the first bite or two of an apple. After that he loses interest and leaves it wherever he is to go on to more exciting things. I really hate wasting food, so when I saw a bag of baby apples at the store I thought it would be perfect for him. They were only big enough for a couple bites each and I wouldn't be stuck eating half chewed apples or finding them in strange places weeks later. Well, as you could guess, of course he is not interested at all in the baby apples and has not touched one since I bought them. In trying to come up with something to do with all these apples before they went bad I remembered a crock pot recipe for apple butter I had seen a long time ago. I looked up a couple different recipes and went my own direction with it to fit what I already had on hand at home. This recipe was so easy and I loved the way it made the house smell all day! It is great on toast, english muffins and I even used it on waffles this morning instead of syrup.

Crock Pot Apple Butter

12 baby apples, cored and quartered
2 pears, cored and quartered
1 c canned apple pie filling
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 c brown sugar
cooking spray

Coat crock pot with cooking spray. Place all ingredients in pot and turn on lowest setting. Stir occasionally and allow to cook for 10-15 hours. Mash with a potato masher, or use an immersion blender to puree for a smoother consistency. Makes about 4 cups.

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