Recently, Peter picked up a bag of honeycrisp apples from a nearby warehouse club. He was so excited about finding his favorite apple variety, we barely made it home before he bit down on the first delectable fruit.
And almost spat it out. That horrified face will remain etched in my memory, to emerge at times inconvenient for relaxation. Like 2 am.
I’m not sure where this warehouse club gets its apples, but they should ask for their money back. They’re not terrible, exactly. Just bland. Eating one is kind of like biting into a chunk of Styrofoam, or perhaps one of those granola bars that are so pumped full of isolated vitamins, they taste like a laboratory.
You’d think that with such a vision as Peter’s what-is-this-awfulness? face hanging around in my memory, I wouldn’t buy those apples again. You’d be wrong.
I wanted to mark Peter’s return from a long, difficult weekend of travel with a bushel (so to speak) of treats, including some of his favorite apples. I must have been thinking about something else when I bought groceries this past weekend (perhaps an ambiguous recipe name), because I ended up with an obnoxiously large bag of the exact same apples.
Well done, dietitian for people-beasts.
What to do with five pounds of apple rejects? At this point, they’re only good for cooking.
When I read this month’s Recipe Redux theme, I knew I had found a solution.
Some of us grew up on casseroles out of a slow cooker – but now home cooks are using that same slow cooker to roast a chicken, bake bread, make homemade yogurt and for other creative dishes. Show us how you are using the slow cooker to craft a new healthy recipe.
Ding ding ding! We have a winner!
What says Fall more than apples and cinnamon? This apple butter recipe is one of those back-to-basics, toss-everything-in-and-forget-it recipes that I love with all my kitchen-shortcut-loving heart (and here’s another unnecessary hyphen for good measure: – ). Serve warm over yogurt or cold over toast. Or eat it straight from the slow cooker with a spoon.
Not that I’m saying I did this.
Slow Cooked Cinnamon Apple Butter
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Keywords: slow-cooker apples
Ingredients (2 cups)
- 8 large apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon, ground
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until apples are tender. Use a masher to break up any pieces. Strain through a sieve to remove any lumps, if desired. If a thicker butter is preferred, cook on high for 30 minutes or until thickened.