The month of October in the Pacific Northwest is all about the apple harvest. We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to quality apples from wonderful local orchards that provide all sorts of apples: sweet, tart and crisp. When the apples are ready to harvest, it always brings me back to my mom’s house and the smell of apples cooking on the stove.
Walking through the back door after school and breathing in the scent of cinnamon and allspice mixed with apples always meant she was making a batch of her Apple Butter. A fruit spread that is not really a butter at all and has little sugar added. Ruby’s Apple Butter is a perfect spread for a piece of whole grain toast for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Kids will love it and moms can be assured it is has real fruit in it. Most recipes you find will say to add 4-5 cups of sugar. On mom’s recipe is just says ‘sugar’, with a note that says taste the sauce first and only add sugar as needed. The apples I used here were fairly tart so I added about ¼ cup of sugar, tasted again and found that it was just the right amount of sweetness.
Your house will be filled with those scents that are reminiscent of fall, the holidays and childhood memories. I love to can them in small jars and give them to family and friends as gifts. Share the harvest!