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Spiced Apple Butter

from the kitchen of girlichef
yield: ~1 pint

  • 2 lbs. apples, peeled, cored & quartered
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla (or ½ of a vanilla bean)
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • big pinch ground cinnamon
  • good grating of nutmeg
  • small pinch of ground cloves
  • few pieces of crystallized ginger
  • 1 whole star anise
  • big pinch sea salt
  1. Place the apples and the vanilla in a crockpot (this amount fits in a small 2 qt. pot), cover and cook on low for 4½ hrs.
  2. Lift lid and smash the apples up a bit with a fork or spoon.  Add all of the seasonings.  Replace lid and cook on high for another 4 hours or so…until dark and thick.  
  3. Remove the star anise, the blend it all up with an immersion blender or in a stand up blender (carefully…it’s hot!!) to get a smooth butter.
  4. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge.