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A Buttery, Fruity Spread That Makes Any Breakfast Terrific
Apple butter is basically applesauce that's gone to the dark side. When you cook the ingredients (apples, cider, spices, lemon juice—plus, some brown sugar) in a slow cooker for hours, their flavors concentrate. The sugar caramelizes and turns the apples deep brown. The longer you cook the spread, the better. Let it simmer overnight, since it will thicken while you sleep. Then, you can wake up to warm, fresh apple butter to put on toast or waffles or to swirl into oatmeal.

Get the recipe: Apple Butter