Versatile Apple Spread: Stephenie’s Favorite Fall Thing to Do with Apples

You may recall that I recently went apple picking with some friends. With ten pounds of apples to get through before the fruit went bad, I sent out a distress signal to Foodie Land in search of ideas. Stephenie answered the call with this absolutely yummy and versatile apple spread. Emilie and I had quite a bit of fun with this one (When is mashing anything not fun?). Oh my, it made the whole house smell absolutely delicious and fall-like. So far I’ve tried it on ice cream and on buttered toast. Steph sent me a whole list of stuff she uses this with, but the only other thing I can recall at the moment is pork chops. Whatever you decide to try it with, I will give you the same warning I was given: it’s addictive!

Stephenie’s Favorite Fall Thing to Do with Apples

There are two cooking methods you can use for the below recipe: slow cooker or stove stop. I opted for the stove top version, because I was impatient to try it.


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 ½ lbs apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large chunks*

*I think used a combination of York, Fuji, and Granny Smith. If you read my orchard posting, you’ll know why I think and don’t know what apples I used, hehehe.

Stove Top Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a Dutch Oven or large pot
  2. Cook ingredients over medium heat until apples are mooshie (about 1 hour)
  3. Place a colander or something with mesh over another pot or a large heat resistant bowl
  4. Fill colander with as much apple mixture that will fit, and start squishing apples through using a masher, spatula, or large spoon
  5. Toss any remaining pulp and repeat Step 4 until finished
  6. Place apple liquid back in pot/dutch oven over medium heat
  7. Cook until liquid has thickened into a spreadable consistency (think apple butter or apple sauce), about 15 minutes.

Slow Cooker Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker
  2. Cover and cook on low for 10 hours or until apples are almost mushy.
  3. Follow Steps 3-5 above
  4. Return apple liquid to slow cooker and cook uncovered on high for 1 ½ hours or until mixture as thickened as described above

Steph says this will last for about a week in the fridge.

Enjoy! Come back and let us know what you used this delicious spread with 🙂


3 responses to “Versatile Apple Spread: Stephenie’s Favorite Fall Thing to Do with Apples

  1. put a spoon full in the bottom of a glass, add a shot of vodka, and some tonic water (or seltzer if you prefer). over ice cream. applesauce. pound cake topping. over cream cheese for a simple quick chutney. bake with brie. put over top of oatmeal. you can use as a substitute in cookies (oatmeal cookies would be fab with it). on toast like apple butter. you can do sooooo many things with this one.

  2. I am trying this one…. I cna smell the apples cooking now..

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