Salted Caramel Apple Butter
Thanks to your suggestions, I figured out what to do with that huge box of apples. Make gifts!
Apple butter is something that I had not made this year and I know it’s super easy. The basics are to peel and core a bunch of apples, cover with water and spices (allspice, ground cloves, cinnamon), pour off the water (I kept it for hot cider to drink) and then cook down until you have the right velvety consistency you are looking to can. Pow! I can do this. For better instructions, THIS is were I started for the guidelines.
I did go crazy on the cinnamon and really put a lot in the mix (because that’s the way I like it). And, I got all sassy and added ginger to the boil. Fresh ginger. (spicy!) Then, toward the finish line, I put in about 3/4 of a bag of pre-made caramels and a bunch of sea salt (for added flair).
The real rocket science for me will be to can this stuff in jars and not screw it up. (Flashback to the peaches and pears. Gross.)
I know I like to see the photos in everyone else’s blog so this is the good stuff:
Something that you need to know about this amazing apple butter is that the caramel process is the best part. For those of you who like to dip (spinach dip, chips and dip, ranch dip, whatever), this gooey caramel melting pot is right up your alley. I was stirring along being a well behaved foodie when I noticed that the caramel was globbing up on the spoon. Ooooh my sexy caramel weakness … so, I had to try it, RIGHT? Holy geezus. Best mistake I ever made. I could have dipped and searched out bits of caramel for the rest of the day. I really don’t know why I didn’t.
I did feel bad enough to put a couple of replacement caramels back in the mix. It was that good while it was screaming hot like that. If it didn’t take all day (and a box of apples) to make, I would do this at every party I have in the future. Hot caramel apple fondue. GENIUS!
Back to business, seriously … follow the canning instructions. Hot food into hot jars back into hot water to process. Make this your mantra.
I wonder who will be lucky enough to receive one of these blessed little jars of goodness for Christmas? Have YOU been good?