Really Good Apple Butter

Recipe from: Changing My Destiny, altered by me

I am delighted to live only a couple miles away from a very sweet older gentlemen who runs his own orchard. Every fall I make it a point to drop by at least once to pick apples. In my desire to consecrate these handpicked apples to a special autumny use, I made a batch of this crockpot apple butter. It was amazing, and I mean a-mazing. Melt-in-your-mouth marvelous.

Ingredients:

  • 12 or so assorted apples, at least 50% granny smith
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. coconut sugar ( or 1/4 c. brown sugar)

Directions:

Peel and dice the apples, then place them in a crockpot. Add the water, butter and spices. Set aside the coconut sugar for now, unless you’re using brown sugar instead, in which case, add it now.

Turn the crockpot on high for 5 hours or low for 7-8 hours. Turn off the crockpot and remove the lid to let cool for an hour. Your house will smell absolutely incredible. When the mixture is still warm but not hot, pour it (with the coconut sugar, if using) into a vitamix or other high-power blender. Blend on high until very smooth and creamy.

Serve on vanilla ice cream, pancakes, oatmeal,  yogurt with granola, scones, crackers, or, if you’re like me, just dig into it as is. Yum.

Smoky Lentil Soup

This soup is really yummy, but it definitely needs time for the flavors to meld so it’s better to make ahead and save for the next day.

Recipe from: William’s Sonoma

Ingredients: (Measurements modified to serve 8)

  • 1 pkg. bacon, cut into small chunks and cooked
  • 2 tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, rinsed and sliced
  • 2 medium stalks of celery, sliced
  • 2-3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 c. canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 c. red lentils, sorted and soaked for 5-8 hours
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. salt + more to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • sour cream for garnish

Directions:

see Williams Sonoma link above