It may not 'officially' be fall yet, but in my mind, fall starts when school does. I'm so ready for all the typical fall things- scarves, boots, and allll the spices.
First fall dish this year? Apple butter. It's similar to applesauce but more flavorful, smoother and easy to spread. I made about 12 jars of this from a huge batch of Okanagan apples, so I've had lots to use. I've spread it on toast, banana bread, crackers with cheese. I put it on my oatmeal, in my yogurt parfaits, and in my soup for a little extra flavor.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it's in a slow cooker so requires almost no prep aside from chopping. The slow simmer makes your house smells amazing- no need for scented candles when you've got apple butter on the go!
6-7 apples (i like to use gala, ambrosia- something sweet, not sour)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
Wash apples and chop into very small cubes. Add apples and rest of the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours. When apples have completely broken down, remove from heat and blend either using hand blender or by adding to a stand blender. Blend until smooth, let cool, then store in jars in the fridge.
Add to yogurt, spread on toast or crackers, serve with melted brie.... Use your imagination.