Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What brings you joy?

I was asked this this question recently, and told I had to think of something other than God, family, friends. Hmmmm, for awhile I was completely blank.  Jokingly, I said, "food."  Then, after pondering, I realized that was true.  I enjoy finding interesting ingredients, searching for new recipes, cooking for others, and seeing people enjoy a meal that I prepared.  So, when my M requested apple butter, I decided to make some rather than buy it.  After all, what better way to celebrate fall then by smelling cooking apples all day.
As I usually do when I want to make something, I went on Google to search out some recipes.  Then I merged a couple together, threw in my own touches, and went to work.  According to my taste testers; K, M, C, and N; it was delicious.  It was also very easy, and made the house smell wonderful.
Here is the recipe, for anyone else who wants to give it a whirl.  Enjoy!

8 apples (I used Granny Smith  but if you use a sweeter apple, you may just want to add a squeeze of lemon juice) cored and chopped (I left the peel on)
1 cup sugar
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ground cloves
1/4 t nutmeg
1/4 t salt
1/2 t vanilla

Throw everything into a pot.  Add water to just cover the apples.  Cook on low for about  6 hours.  Check periodically.  If the water gets too low add a bit more to prevent the apples from scorching.  When the apples turn nice and brown, it's done.  Use an immersion blend to blend it up nice and smooth.

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