Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Monday, October 15, 2012

The recipe for this apple butter is so easy and so good. The first time I made it, years ago, I made it with my friend Sharron. We made a HUGE batch and gave it out to people at church at Christmastime. It was so fun to spend all day together with a good friend and make something to give to others. I've never made apple butter from any other recipe, but I can tell you that THIS recipe is delicious! I made it one time and gave some to my father-in-law and HE said it was even better than his mother's! And THAT'S saying something!! So...now that it's fall and apples are abundant, give this a try!

Sharron's Apple Butter

4 cups apples (I used Golden Delicious) ~ chopped
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup lemon juice

Wash and peel your apples. Slice apples thinly or into small chunks.

Place everything into a large dutch oven and cook over 
medium heat until apples have broken down and 
mixture in thick and dark golden brown.

Carefully spoon mixture into clean jars.

Wipe any drips from jars, place lids and rings on jars and turn jars upside down to cool. When the jars are cool to the touch, the lids should be sealed down. Store in fridge until ready to use.

Look at that yummy golden deliciousness!!

Let's go!

Wash your apples.

Peel and slice. If you don't have an apple slicer/peeler/corer
....you should really get one. You can get them for about $20. 
Nifty little tool.

Combine your prepared apples and the rest of 
the ingredients in a large dutch oven. 
I've doubled my recipe in these photos 
but normally this recipe uses one pot.

Start cooking! Your goal is to 
cook the apples down until they are nice and soft.

Not ready yet....

Nope...still not yet.

Ahhh...perfect! Nice, thick and 
cooked to a pretty golden color.

Wash your jars, lids and rings.

Then fill your jars.

This is a neat little trick that Sharron showed me. 
As soon as you have your jars filled, 
put the lids and rings on...then flip the jars over. 
Allow them cool upside down and when they're all cooled, 
flip them over and the lids SHOULD be sealed down. 
Store in the fridge until you're ready to use.

Look at this yummy stuff!! It's like apple pie in a jar!!