On Friday afternoon, I sat down in front of my computer to write on of the few blog posts I had quequed up. I wasn't really sure which one I was going to write, so I pulled up my Apple Butter draft and stared at the pictures I had loaded into the form days before. I took a sip of my chai, hoping something would come to me. I took a second sip, hoping it would wash down my headach, or least make my day 36 hours instead of 24.
I wish I could say that I found the answer to everything in that mug, but by the time it was empty I still hadn't written a single word. It was Friday, and my brain was done. Not the sort of done where you can't think of any ideas you like--the sort of done where you just don't have any ideas at all, just white noise filling the space between your ears.
Needless to say, nothing was written. I closed my computer and tried to think of places a person could go take a nap in town. The park? Too cold. The University Library? It was tempting, but finding parking would probably use my entire hour of free time. I was just going to have to suck it up. Besides, what I really wanted was to go home, have a scoop of this apple butter (or a few scoops!) and just go straight to bed, and there wasn't time for that.
You know how they always tell you to listen to your body? I should've just gone home. Trying to suck it up for the rest of the day exhausted me, and even after a night of sleep all I wanted to do was eat apple butter and sit on the couch. I'm not ashamed--I slept more than the cat on Saturday (ok, a little bit ashamed).
Morale of the the story: Listen to your body, especially when it's telling you to eat this apple butter and take a nap.
PS: This apple butter has no added sugar! (Who needs to add sugar to apples??) It's just apples, spices, and time. Man, I totally should've just gone home and eaten the whole jar.
PSS: If you're paleo, and you're wondering what to eat your apple butter on, scroll to the end of the recipe for some ideas!
Paleo ways to enjoy apple butter:
• Straight off a spoon (this is the best)
• Like caramel sauce over homemade coconut ice cream (no really, try this.)
• Swirl it with almond butter and dip slice slices into it (apple on apples? Why not!)
• Did I mention eating it right off the spoon?
• Smothered over pork chops or used in the pan sauce
• In a smoothie
• (Primal) Over yogurt or cottage cheese
• Forget the pumpkin spice latte--September is for Apple Spice Lattes! (use a scoop to sweeten your latte)
Serves: 4 | Total Time:
- 5-6 pounds apples
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- Wash the apples. Slice them, removing the seeds and endocarp (thats the pithy center). Set about 2 cups of sliced apples aside. Put the remaining sliced apples in a blender, and puree (I did this in several batches).
- Arrange the reserved sliced apples in a even layer on the bottom of the slow cooker. Leaving these apples whole adds texture to the finished butter, and as the slices caramelize, they turn into soft bites of caramelly fall goodness.
- Add the spices to the blender, and pulse it a few times until they're mixed in. Pour the puree into the slow cooker. Place the lid on the slow cooker and turn it to medium heat for 8 hours. After 8 hours, stir the butter. It should be thick now. If you wish, stir in more spices to taste. Optional: If you want your apple butter a little bit thicker, turn the slow cooker back on for 4-6 more hours (every slow cooker is different, and yours might not need this).
- Spoon finished butter into jars with air-tight lids.