Shipshewana Flea Market Recipe Box: Farmer’s Market Apple Butter
So many delicious and fun Fall finds are available inside the Farmer's Market section of the Shipshewana Flea Market.
Fall is a great time to enjoy the bounties that local farmers' hard work has brought us during the harvest season. Great seasonal flavors include cider, pears, squash and apples galore. And, don't miss out on fall decorating with miniature straw bales, decorative pumpkins, corn, mums and gourds.
The Shipshewana Flea Market Farmer's Market vendors have a bountiful variety of produce and plants for you to choose from. They're also very helpful with guiding you on making the right selection, so whether you plan to pick some apples up for snacking, canning or recreating that special recipe your grandma used to make, you'll want to be sure you get them while they are in season. (Flea Market Dates & Hours)
Below is a recipe I have been making with apples each Fall. One reason I love this one is the fact that it uses quite a bit less sugar than others I have tried, so this is my spin on a classic Apple Butter that will be sure to please the family!
- 8-10 cups peeled sliced apples filling about 1/2 of a large crock pot.
(I personally love Ginger Gold, but there are many varieties that you can use.)
- 2/3 Cup White Sugar
- 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 TBSP Vanilla
- 3 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 Cup Orange Juice or Juice of 1 Fresh Orange
*Special tip: You can also make this with pears (ripened to eating consistency) for a really sweet twist and it is so delicious!
- Wash, peel then cut apples into bite-size pieces.
- Place in crock pot with all ingredients and stir.
- Turn crock pot on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
- Check the progress of the apples and use a strong wire whisk to begin breaking down the pieces by stirring and whisking every 1-2 hours as they soften.
(This will also help prevent scorching.)
- Once you have whisked the apples to the consistency you like (chunky applesauce, finer applesauce or really fine for a yummy apple butter), turn off the crock pot and let cool.
(You can eat your amazing treat warm or cold if you choose to refrigerate for later.)
You can freeze some for later so you have a quick and easy treat throughout the winter. Just be sure to check all food safety recommendations for storage. I love enjoying it as is, served over waffles or with fresh baked biscuits. But, no matter how you eat it, you'll wish you made more when the last bite is gone.