The slow cooker chef: Apple and Orange butter recipePosted by Fiona Nevile in Jam Jelly and Preserves | 10 comments
“What kind of fruit is that? It’s gorgeous. It would be great with the duck legs.”
With 25 kilos of apples to turn into something delicious that would not put us off apples for life, I was experimenting with orange and apple butter. Simmered for hours in the slow cooker to increase the depth of flavour.
The end result tastes tropical, almost like mangoes and apricots and has a wonderful deep orangey colour. Fabulous to use as a sauce for chops, chicken or even fish. A tablespoon would lift the apples in a pie. It’s good spread on toast in the morning – tangy and fresh tasting.
And it doesn’t taste of apples.
I deliberately made it rather tart so as to extend its uses but more sugar could be added to taste. As I’m playing with American recipes as my inspirational starting point I’m giving the ingredients in USA cups and grams.
Apple and Orange butter recipe
2.4 kilos/5lbs 4oz of cooking apples. Peeled, cored and sliced
2 large navel oranges (the juice and zest)
2 tsp of concentrated lemon juice
1.5 tsp of ground nutmeg
1 tsp of vanilla essence
Quarter tsp of cinnamon
540g/2.75 cups of white granulated sugar
250 ml/1 cup of apple juice (mine was homemade using the peelings and cores in the fruit steamer)
250 ml/1 cup of water
Put the peeled, cored and sliced apples in a the slow cooker with the apple juice, water and lemon juice. Bring to simmering point on high and then turn to low until the apples are soft. This should take about two hours. Keep the lid on.
Puree the soft apples. I used a stick blender.
Add the orange juice, orange zest, nutmeg, cinnamon and sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. The mixture will look very watery at this stage. Take the lid off and set the dial to high. Leave the mixture gently simmering until it’s thick enough to heap on a teaspoon (this can take from 3-5 hours). Ladel into warm sterilised jars and seal them with lids immediately. Then process them in a hot water bath, they will need 20 mins after the water has reached boiling point.
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