Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pumpkin-Maple-Apple Butter

I wasn't ready for fall to be here yet. I was in denial really, just pretending we had another two or three months of nice, hot weather. BUT, when my neighbor gave me a big bucket of fresh picked apples, it changed everything! After a day of making applesauce and apple butter (pumpkin-maple-apple butter, that is!) and my house smelling like a giant Yankee fall scented candle, I've decided it's okay for fall to be on it's way. Fall means pumpkin everything, plus soups and stews, butternut/spaghetti/acorn squash...and more pumpkin! Bring it. 

Unable to reach my mom for questions about how to make apple butter (I love hers), I decided to wing it, and it turned out surprisingly well. Amazing actually, so I thought I'd share the recipe with you fine folk. But before I do, let me tell you a quick story about these apples...

I turned 31 on Monday. For two weeks Brad had been asking what I wanted to do for my birthday, and quite honestly I didn't care. For the big 3-0, he threw me a surprise party because he knew turning 30 was a big deal to me, but 31 just seems like an unremarkable age, and I hadn't been feeling well so I just couldn't come up with anything spectacular to do. Eventually, I said I wanted to go apple picking and get a nice big bucket full so I could make apple sauce and whatnot. So that became the plan, except I asked around and looked online and found nothing; nada. No where near here to pick apples, so I gave up on that idea. Fast forward to the day of my birthday. I was walking out to the car when my neighbor (whom I rarely see or talk to, sadly) said, "Hey Crystal! I have a big bucket of apples that my friend brought over from her tree. I can't use them...would you like them?" Why yes, I do!!!!!!!!
Tell me God doesn't care about the little things. I will argue He does! That was my birthday gift from Him:)

Pumpkin-Maple-Apple Butter
(this makes a pretty big batch...cut in half if you don't want that much)

8 C peeled, chopped apples
2 C pumpkin puree 
1 C (or more, to taste) pure maple syrup
3 T molasses 
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
a dash of cloves, if you have them around

Place apples in a large pot with a few tablespoons of water or juice (I used cranberry juice) over medium heat and cover with a lid. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft. Add all other ingredients and stir together until well mixed. In batches, put mixture into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Eat lots, give some to a friend, and freeze the rest!

There you have it. Hope it turns out well if you decide to make it! By the way, I look back at all my food posts (including this one) and have to laugh. I'm soooo not a food blogger, plus I only have my phone to take these lovely pictures. I try, really I do, to make the pictures look like professional, creative food this one for instance: Cinnamon sticks, a nice jar, and a rustic backdrop (huh? no it's not my dirty back patio!!) Like I said...a laughable attempt. Oh well, it tastes good and that's what counts! :)


  1. yummy! looks so good! if I was into cooking and baking I totally would make this! thanks for sharing the recipe though!

    I hope you have a beautiful saturday.
    Visiting from Casey Wiegand's link up.


    1. Hey Jessica! Thanks for visiting my blog! Here's the don't have to like cooking or be good at it for this recipe. Just throw it in a pot and enjoy the smell! If you can cut an apple up and throw some stuff in a blender, you got it!:) have a lovely weekend and I'll check your blog out!

  2. New follower!! I am sooooo trying this! Looks YUMMY!

    Much love!

    1. Hope you like it, and it's super easy!! Have a wonderful day! Your blog is great by the way!:)