Oh, Fall, how I love you. There is nothing like bundling up on a crisp fall day, sipping on coffee, and watching the kids jump in piles of leaves (that I painstakingly raked, but I’ll let it slide). There are also the tastes of fall. These are the best. I look for EVERY opportunity to use some pumpkin spice and cinnamon in my cooking during the fall season. I came across this recipe for Molasses Apple Butter while looking through Kix Brooks’ cookbook Kickin’ It with Kix, and I have been hooked ever since.
Looking for something to jazz up your biscuit? Apple butter. Want to add a touch of sweetness to chicken? Apple butter. Want another excuse to add even more butter to your morning toast? Apple butter. The possibilities are endless. Check out this simple way to add some seasonal spice to basically any meal.
Molasses Apple Butter (makes about 2 cups)
- 1 cup granulated or raw sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 pounds of apples, peeled, cored, and sliced (about 12 apples)
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Whisk together the sugars, ground cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
- Layer about one- third of the apples into a slow cooker, and sprinkle about one- third of the sugar mixture on top of the apples. Continue to layer the apples and sugar mixture until none remains.
- Add the cinnamon stick, and drizzle the molasses on top.
- Cook on low for 10 hours or high for 4 to 5 hours. Stir occasionally.
- At the end of the cooking time, remove the cinnamon stick for the apple mixture. Use an immersion blender to purée the apple butter until smooth, or purée in batches in a food processor or blender. If you want a thicker butter, you can return the mixture to the slow cooker and cook on low for another couple hours.
- Let cool completely, then store in a container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months.
KIX TIP: Take my advice and put this stuff out on the table at every meal and, for sure, at any get- together. It’s delicious on toast, biscuits, corn mufﬁns, and crackers or just straight out of the jar! Put a dab on a piece of your favorite cheese, and see how you like that too.