A week or so ago, my husband asked why I don’t take more of his suggestions in the kitchen. I was confused at first and then realized that this was indeed something that I do. My kind and wonderful husband has quite imaginative suggestions. Some might even rival Grant Achatz…ok that is a bit of a stretch, but some of his suggestions are really out there. After he pointed it out to me, I promised that I would try to be better about it.
Fast forward to this morning. We are sitting at our breakfast table, coffee in hand, eating some pancakes and watching the snow start to pile up outside. I told him that I was going to take some of the apples that we had bought from Sam’s club (before we found out that our location was one of the 63 that would be closing) and turn it into apple butter. Since this wasn’t something I had made before, I read through a bunch of recipes and had a general idea of what to do. I had mentioned that most of the recipes I had read called for lemon juice, which we didn’t have, but I would make it work anyway.
Without missing a beat, my husband looked at me and said oh that’s fine, we have a kiwi. Ummm what?! The engineer in him had assessed what we had in the house and found the sourest thing. I said, absolutely not, that is weird and I’m not going to do that. He looked so hurt and I felt terrible and remembered that I promised I would be better about taking his suggestions. What did I have to lose anyway?
I mixed everything up and while it simmered, it filled the house with such a wonderful aroma that made me want to curl up in front of a fireplace with a cup of coffee and a good book. It really made being cooped up in the house all day much better. I also now have some tasty gifts to give to friends and family.
[Recipe title=”Apple Butter” Time=”3.5 hours” Difficulty=”Easy” Servings=”2.5 cups”]
- 6 medium apples, cored and roughly chopped
- 1 kiwi, peeled and diced
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
- Mix all ingredients together in a medium heavy bottomed pot.
- Simmer with the lid on for about 2 hours, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
- Once all of the apples have broken down and are very soft, turn the heat off and leave the lid off to cool down.
- With a stick blender, puree the mixture until smooth.
- Return to a low heat and simmer for about 40 minutes to an hour until the mixture is nice and thick. The thickness is up to you and this step can be omitted.
- Store the cooled mixture in an airtight container.
Although the kiwi was not necessary to the recipe, I think it gave our apple butter something special and different.