Monday, August 3, 2009

An Apple A Day...

Bonjour from Campagne Maison

This post is dedicated to Ana, from "A Petite Cottage", said that she has never heard of Apple Butter or Apple Jelly. I hope someday that she will have the opportunity to taste it. I love trying new recipes and have found some great ones that you fellow bloggers have shared!

Apple Preparation:

Wash, quarter, and core 10 cups of apples and place in a pan, covered with enough water to come up to about an inch over the apples. Boil on medium high heat until the apples are tender. During the cooking process, occasionally mash the apples to separate the skin from the pulp.

When the apples are fully cooked, remove from heat, let cool and pour thru a sieve to separate the juice from the pulp. The juice will be used to for making the Apple Jelly, according to the recipe included in the Sure-Jel or Jel-Ease fruit pectin box--why try to re-invent the wheel?

Press the apple pulp thru a colander or fruit press to separate the skin. This mixture is the applesauce that will be used to make the Apple Butter.

Apple Butter

8 cups applesauce from above preparation
4 cups white sugar
4 t. cinnamon
¼ t. cloves
¼ t. salt

Mix all the ingredients together in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Reduce the heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 12 hours or until thick and golden in color. Fill small sterilized jelly jars with the hot apple butter, leaving about ¾ inch headspace at the top. This recipe will make approximately 4 pints.

This is my all time favorite thing to slather on hot buttered toast. I like to dot my sliced bread with butter, put in a toaster oven until the butter is melted and the bread is golden brown. Then, load the toast down with the apple butter and YUM-O.

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit today. We love having company.

Au revoir and Bon Appetit,


Musings of a Sea Witch said...

I am so living vicariously through your canning and putting up of nature's bounties. One of the things this city girl born and raised loved to do when she moved to Pennsylvania farm country in the 1970s was putting up your own food. The fresh taste and color is the best. Sea Witch

Jacque said...

Sea Witch...I am a "city girl" too but somehow I think I was a country girl in a former life! I love living 5 miles out of town--talk about time managment and list making for shopping trips--as long as it doesnt make me too OCD, that is!! In the past two years that we have been here,I have learned that what I thought was important in life really isn't important at all--Life is too short not to be lived that's for certain!

I love reading your blogs about the sea and your underwater adventures. That is something that I really wish I would not be afraid to do--but, I am not a good swimmer and the thoughts of being under the water like that make me claustrophobic! BUT you find pleasure in that and I think that is A GOOD THING!

Thanks for stopping by the farmhouse for a visit. I am glad that my canning brings back good memories for you. Enjoy your day!

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

How sweet of you! Thank you for sharing your recipes. I have never tried anything like this before so I might keep coming back to you for some advice when I attempt to make these. :^) Oh! By the comes my first silly question. What kind of apple do you use? Thank you again.


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