Thursday, September 1, 2011

September Friendship Gifts

Fall is fast approaching and there's nothing I love better than a warm biscuit with some Apple Butter. I decided this would be the perfect treat for my September "Friendship Gifts." I started the butter in the crock pot last night and the house smells wonderful today! It was so easy to make and here are the treats ready to go...
Apple Butter is delicious served over toast, warm biscuits, scones, and especially pancakes!!!
I found these cute labels online and tied raffia around the easy and it taste fabulous y'all!
Love the labels...with my signature gingham pattern!
Of course, being my matchy-matchy self, I've got a 'Macintosh Apple' Yankee Candle going...I'm ready to get the fall season going!
Trust me y'all, the crock pot method is the easiest way ever to make this Apple Butter.

Miss Janice's Apple Butter:

8 quarts of applesauce
10 chopped apples
2 tblsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp allspice
4 cups Splenda

Add 6 quarts of the applesauce, 10 chopped apples, 2 tblsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp allspice, and 2 cups Splenda to the crock pot Stir all the ingredients and cook on high for about an hour, checking to make sure the mixture is not burning.

Reduce the heat to low and cook for another 4 hours. Then add the remaining 2 quarts of applesauce and the 2 cups of Splenda. Stir and cook for another hour or so.

If you are canning the apple butter, following canning rules or just store the butter in the frig.

Thank you for visiting with me today. Now, I'm off to make my picks in the "College U-Pick 'Em" football pool I'm in...wish me luck!


Anonymous said...

I absolutely love apple butter, but I'm always surprised at the number of folks who have never heard of it. Oh, what they are missing!!

Donna Stewart

Gert said...

Oh yumm this sounds amazing! Great gift, I think!!! Your friends are so lucky to have you as their friend!!

xoxo Gert

Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

Oh one of my fave. restaurants in Clearwater (The Beachcomber) always serves apple butter. My Daddy and I always fussed over it! I am sure your husband knows of that restaurant, bein' from Clearwater! I am gonna try out your recipe this weekend! Thanks for sharin' as always.

Mrs. Kindergarten

A Hint of Home said...

It doesn't sound too hard to make and looks sooo delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Unknown said...

Wonderful friendship gifts, Miss Janice. My youngest son and I are planning on an afternoon of making apple butter in the very near future!

Kara said...

Yum, Yum!! Don't you do the sweetest things!!!!

Does all the splenda make it to sweet?

Miss Kara

Lori said...

What a wonderful idea! And the recipe looks so easy. I will have to try it.


Julia @ Classic Southern Charm said...

I love apple butter! I can't wait to try your recipe!

Anonymous said...

I just love your "Happy Fall Y'all" sign! Love!

Unknown said...

what an adorable idea! i love apple butter, and it would be amazing for gifts since it's shelf stable! thanks for the idea :)

Ruth Ann said...

I save apples all season for apple butter so that I have a variety of apples in each pot. It's time to cook when the Winesaps come in. I put the Granny Smiths in fir as they take the longest to cook. (Before cooking, core the apples and remove the seeds, cut them in quarters and throw them in the food processor. Puree the apples and put them in the pot with some apple cider - preferably hard cider. Then add the Winesaps, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and other varieties in between. Mutsus and Fujis are my favorites. Add a couple of pounds of brown sugar per pot and cook overnight. (I use the huge aluminum dishpans for this and set my clock so I can stir every half hour.

Next morning scoop some from this pot into that pot then some into the other pot until all apples are well blended. Add sugar and spices to taste. This will be different every year because of the sweetness or tartness of the apples. Cook another hour or 2 adding more cider as needed.

I just wash my jars in the dish washer. I have never had to water bath and have only had one jar fail to seal.

On special fall morning we serve country ham with fried biscuits drowned in real sweet cream butter and apple butter. Pure heaven!