I’ll admit it. I’m a complete Fall snob when it comes to cooking and baking. I’m obnoxiously obsessed with ANYTHING pumpkin spice/apple/salted carmel and embrace the cooler weather (which is relative since I live in California, please don’t hate me if you live anywhere that actually gets cold).
Now that it’s finally October, I can launch myself completely into the spirit of Fall-cooking without getting ostracized by my friends for being THAT girl who orders a pumpkin spice latte in September.
I can’t get over how delicious this recipe turned out. Honestly, it’s perfection! It has a sweet flavor that embodies the flavors of Fall and tastes like the inside of an apple pie. Another bonus? It goes fantastically on anything! Toast, bananas, oatmeal, ice-cream, you name it! I couldn’t help but sneak bites as it was cooking and loved the texture and flavor.
If the “it tastes like the inside of an apple pie” hasn’t convinced you, take the testimonies of a half dozen friends that randomly walked into my apartment as it was cooking. The air was thick with “oh my god”, “that’s DELICIOUS”, and “hold on, I need to make a bowl of oatmeal!”
The last one being my friend Ryan. I think that when a recipe can convince a 6″3 male college student that the thing he needs to do most in the world is make a bowl of oatmeal to top with your creation, it can be called a success. ;). This is him proceeding to feed everyone in his vicinity some of his oats hahah. Look at the glee on that boy’s face!
MAKE THIS. Then eat all of it.
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- 5 big apples, peeled and chopped (I used gala)
- 2 cups apple cider
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp salt
- In a large pot, combine the apples, apple cider, and sugars. Cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes until apples have softened.
- Stir in the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt.
- Let the mixture cool slightly, then use a blender to puree the apple butter until mostly smooth. Leave some small bits of apple for added texture.
- Add the mixture back into the pot and continue to cook on medium-low heat for another 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Loosely based on Food Network's "Homemade Apple Butter"