Food & Drink

Apple Butter Muffins

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Fall is here!  I absolutely adore fall and everything that comes with it.  The best part of fall, in my opinion, is all the apple things we get to eat.  One of my favorite activities each fall is making a huge batch of apple butter to can and give out to neighbors.  This year, I made close to a gallon (!!!) of apple butter!  While I am a fan of spreading apple butter on almost everything, my favorite thing to do with apple butter is bake with it.  I decided to convert a very simple muffin recipe into the moistest apple butter muffins.  It will fill your home with the smells of fall, and it comes together in less than an hour.  Score!

Apple Butter Muffins

  • Servings: 12
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Ingredients

Apple Butter Muffins

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tb baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup apple butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

Apple Butter Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 Tb milk
  • 1/4 cup apple butter

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.  Line or grease standard muffin tins.  In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk, apple butter, and vegetable oil.  Incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients in parts.  Stir with a spatula until well combined and no dry ingredients visible (little lumps are okay).
  2. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.  Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  3. While muffins are baking, make the buttercream.  Beat butter until light and fluffy, about 8-10 minutes.  Slowly add powdered sugar until you get an airy texture.  Mix in apple butter and beat until desired consistency.

Food & Drink

Apple Butter

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Over the holidays, I gifted all my aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. with homemade apple butter.  In my opinion, food gifts are among the best things you could give someone.  Not only will it be used (or eaten), I’m 100% that they will love the work that you put into it.  Since I live in California, and fruit season is basically every season, the apple butter turned out delicious!

This recipe is insanely easy to do.  I really recommend using a mixture of apples for the best flavor.  I went to the supermarket and bought a mix of Fuji, Washington, Gala, Jonathan, and Granny Smith apples.  But it is really up to you on which apples you want to use.  To speed things up, you could even get one of those apple corer/peeler/slicer gadgets.  And best of all, you cook it all in a slow cooker!  Try resisting not getting a taste while it is cooking!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12 hours
Total time: 12 hours and 15 minutes
Yield: 7 – 8oz jars

Ingredients
– 15-18 large apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
– 1 cup granulated sugar
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1 tbs cinnamon
– 1/2 tsp apple pie spice
– 1/2 tsp nutmeg
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 1 tbs vanilla extract

Method
1. Put the apples in a large crock pot (I used a 5 qt one and it was filled to the brim).  In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the vanilla extract.  Sprinkle the mixture over the apples and using your hands or a spoon, make sure the apples are all well-coated.
2. Cook on low for 10 hours.  Add the vanilla extract and cook for another 2 hours. (You could give the apples a stir during the cooking process, although it is not necessary).
3. Transfer the apple butter into a blender and puree until smooth.  Transfer into glass jars and seal when it is at room temperature.  Serve immediately, or refrigerate/freeze until ready to use.

You could spread the apple butter on toast.  Or my personal favorite, with crackers & brie.  Or you could put a tablespoon in your next pork dish.  Or my cousin is going to make a bourbon pumpkin pie with apple butter!  This apple butter will keep pretty well.  In the fridge (in an airtight jar), they last up to 1 month.  If you put it in the freezer, they can last up to 3 months.  Enjoy!