Yesterday I drove the country roads out to the apple orchard to buy apples for apple butter. I have come too late, it seems for the large selection that they usually have. I was limited to Romes, Granny Smith and a few Pippins, none of which are my favorites. Nevertheless, I came home with a bag of each, and have had apples simmering in the crock pot ever since. I may have to run back in a few days to get some more apples for my Secret Ingredient Apple Sauce.
I was hoping that I would get to see lots of colors on the trees during my drive yesterday, but everything was mostly brown. I nearly got run off the road twice by water trucks, speeding to or from a gas well somewhere. It was drizzling and chilly. Oh well, it was quiet, and I actually enjoyed myself!
The leaves are lovely here on Poplar Ridge.
We have soccer this afternoon, but that, along with Fall is winding down.
Here is my recipe for Apple Butter:
10-12 apples of various varieties, peeled, cored and quartered
1 cup water or apple cider
1 1/2 c sugar
2 t cinnamon
1 t ground cloves
Place all ingredients into the crock pot and cook on Hi for 1-2 hours, then simmer on Lo for at least 12 hours until mahogany in color. I use the stick blender to blend my smooth before canning in pint jars in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Makes about 3 pints.