Apple Butter Festival 2012

It was the annual Apple Butter Festival in Berkeley Springs over the weekend, and although I sadly wasn’t able to attend, I heard that tens of thousands of people came to the event. Wow!

The festival has been around for decades. Every year there’s a beautiful parade with live music, booths, and delicious food to share with everyone. The highlight is the apple butter-making, of course, where volunteers make apple butter and sell the goods for charity.

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If you weren’t able to attend the festival this year, here’s an easy apple butter recipe that you can try at home:

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well.
  2. Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
  3. Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
  4. Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness.
  5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.

(Recipe from allrecipes.com)

You can always visit the festival next year and see it for yourself!

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