STRAWBERRY CASHEW MILK

Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca

Hi! Strawberry Milk here. Remember me? You used to make yourself sick drinking too much of me. And then again the next day. One of the first emotionally addictive relationships you returned to time and time again. We would spend snack time together colouring outside the lines and building lego houses with teeny tiny potted plants in the windows. You would pour me into bowls of food that turned into important life lessons like, strawberry milk + cheerios = good. And strawberry milk + hot dog mac and cheese = bad. Well, I'm back as Strawberry Milk 2.0! I shed my concentrated bottle form for some more realness, some more rawness. Raw nuts to be exact. And soaked! Wow, do people love soaking food in 2017! Coming into present day from the 90s has been an adjustment to say the least. 

Everyone is all, “STRAWBERRY MILK! Girl, where have you been?!" and “What are you doing in that smelly box where people shoot up?"                                                                                                                                     And I'm like,  “This payphone booth?! I need to make a call..."                                                                               And they're like,  “Oh honey, noooo. Phone booths are basically public bathrooms now. We use smart phones for everything here in 2017. You don't need to walk anywhere or talk to anyone. Isn't that amazeballs?!"         And I'm like,  “Does that mean good? Are balls different now? Are they better than the wrinkled hairy egg sacks they once were? Maybe now they're rose gold and can be hung up with a cute potted plant inside. Or is this like opposite day?! Tell me we still do opposite day!!!".

My friends made me get rid of my Angelfire website because apparently people don't make         radically hormonal fan pages anymore like my site, “I LOVE LEO FOREVER!!!" with 89 photos of Leonardo Dicaprio as Romeo and Jack from Titanic. They were all placed strategically on a black background with neon green lettering indicating all my up to date facts on Leo himself including his favourite food and how he was SO cool and funny in real life. Now I have a very professional LinkedIn Profile where black and neon green aren't even a colour palette option. (It remains undetermined if Leo ever saw the website, if he did he has not reached out).

It's confusing for me in 2017. Did you know that people say “suh" as a how-do-you-do? I guess when you're too tired to annunciate a “p" sound, you use a combination of sup and huh to create the laziest greeting ever spoken by humankind. But if you're that tired you should probably go take a nap. Which nowadays means laying with your phone scrolling food photos or comparing your life to someone you knew from high school 10 years ago. On that note– Coffee, that busy b*tch, hasn't missed a f*#king beat. She's all fancy and cool now with her pour overs and cold brews and flat whites. She was Drip Coffee and down to earth in my day with the occasional espresso which we all pronounced “express-o". Because that was a very fast coffee for wall street types who had no time to waste and were all, “COMMODITIES! STOCKS! HEDGE FUNDS!!! ONE EXPRESS-O NOW PLEASE!!!! EXTRA EXPRESS, I'M IN A HURRY AND LATE FOR THE HEART ATTACK I'M DEFINITELY GOING TO GIVE MYSELF! ". Those were the days.

 I'm working on being more current. I'm on Tinder (and hooked up with Avocado Toast one night), Jamie Oliver follows me on Instagram, I have a serious case of wanderlust and FOMO and I'm totes gluten free af obv (can't say the same for Avocado Toast who ghosted me after we Netflix and chilled btw). I binged all of Game Of Thrones in one week and have to say it's even more addictive than Beverly Hills 90210 and Dawson's Creek put together. John Snow may know nothing but he sure is fine af. Last week I took an unplugged vacation (no phones, computers, or electronics of any kind) just to get away from it all, you know? Thinking about trying one of those sensory deprivation tanks but wondering if the salt water would keep me afloat or if I would disappear as I'm also liquid form. I dunno, I'll head over to AskJeeves and “google it" to find out. 

Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca
Soaking Cashews || Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca

(A special thanks to Strawberry Milk for being such an honest and brave contributor this week).

This strawberry cashew milk is to die for and fills you with the best kind of nostalgia. It's creamy, a tiny bit sweet and packed with strawberry flavour without any additives or refined sugar. And the pink bubbles are enough to make anyone's day.

I suggest having a glass while doodling, colouring, puzzle-making, listening to some surf rock or enjoy with some kids that may or may not be your own because they'll be hyped about it. And us adults need more fun hype.

Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca

Notes:

Roasting the strawberries with a bit of honey is important, especially if they are not in season, because it brings out the strawberry flavour so much more than raw berries. It will still work without roasting them but I would highly recommend not skipping this step. Plus you get abstract strawberry juice art like below. 

Depending on how creamy you like your milk, you can reduce or add water. This recipe is my ideal creaminess so add less water if you like it thicker or add more if you prefer thinner. 

Soaking cashews is easier than you think. I've added some info in the recipe section on how to make this recipe the lazy way (only soaking for 15 minutes in very hot water) or the patient way (overnight in cool water). I've done both methods and they both turn out great. 

Roasted Strawberries || Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca
Strawberry Cashew Milk || All natural plant based nut milk made with fresh strawberries and no refined sugars. Delicious on its own at breakfast or poured over granola as a snack. Dairy free + vegan. || creamandhoney.ca

You best head over to this maca almond granola recipe for an ideal strawberry milk companion. 


STRAWBERRY CASHEW MILK

the magic

inspiration:                     90s nostalgia

the feels:                         creamy, foamy, satiating

eat with:                          any granola but especially this one, a slice                                        of cake, cookies, celery sticks + peanut                                              butter, ice cream (pour over top with fresh                                          berries or turn into a milkshake)

might like if you're into:   The Simpsons, Disney Adventures                                                     magazine, deep and delicious chocolate                                             cake, Goosebumps books, cherry coke,                                                 making a house out of a refrigerator                                                 box,  Supermarket Sweep, Saved By The                                             Bell, Ghostwriter.

the science

makes approximately 5 cups of milk || soaking time: 30 minutes to 8 hours prep time: 20 minutes

ingredients:

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 dates (or 1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey)
  • 2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract, divided (1 tsp for berries, 1 tsp for milk)
  • dash of kosher salt
  • 4 cups of water, divided

method:

  1. Soak your raw cashews. There are two ways you can do it. 1) The overnight way– Add cashews to a jar or container and fill with water. Leave to soak for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight. 2) The easy impatient way– Add cashews to a bowl or container and pour very hot, but not boiling water to cover them. (Heat up your tea kettle, let boil, then remove from stovetop and wait two minutes before pouring.) Wait a minimum of 15 minutes up to 2 hours depending how much time you have. Drain cashews and rinse until water is clear.
  2. While your cashews are soaking, preheat your oven to 350ºF. Add strawberries, one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon vanilla extract to a medium sized bowl. Toss together until evenly combined. Pour onto lined baking sheet and bake for 10 - 15 minutes, until the juices start leaking out. Place aside to let cool. 
  3. Add cashews and 2 cups of water to blender. Blend on low and increase speed slowly up to high until cashews are completely liquified, usually up to 2 minutes. I use a vitamix but this should still work in a regular blender, it may take a bit more time.
  4. Add berries, two more cups of water, dates, one teaspoon vanilla extract, and salt. Blend until evenly combined (one minute or so). 

Milk will keep for up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

 

BRAISED COCONUT MILK + PEANUT GREENS WITH GINGER TURMERIC RICE (VEGAN)

Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

I have named a part of my brain Phyllis. She is named after Phyllis from The Office, who can be sweet but also a mother$%#*@. She is tender and understanding at times, but mostly she's just annoying. I still love her though because she's part of The Office. Some facts about Phyllis (The Office):                   1. She is married to Bob Vance from Vance Refrigeration and looooves to talk about him.                         2. She is part of the party planning committee and flies a bit of a freak flag.                                                       3. She takes an allergy medication that makes her smell like sulphuric farts.                                                   4. She likes to dance. Get your Phyllis fix herehere and here. Also here if you're feeling muy caliente.

I named my ego Phyllis because they are similar; they both worry about stupid things, they're obnoxious, and both can be a complainy downer who judges and limits themselves. She (my ego) wants anything and everything but then tries to guilt me when we get it. 

Going to bed with Phyllis (my brain):                                                                                                                               Phyllis: “Hey, remember that slightly awkward interaction today?"                                                                      Me: *cringes* “Thanks for reminding me."                                                                                                                 Phyllis: “D'you think that person is still thinkin' bout it?"                                                                                Me: “Ummmm no. Probably not. Why are we still thinking about it?"                                                     Phyllis: “Oh I dunno. For fun."                                                                                                                                      Me: “It's not though. It's not fun at all Phyllis. Okay?! Goodnight!"                                                                     *Three minutes later*                                                                                                                                                Phyllis: “Hey, remember that really annoying song with the barking in it? That one about the missing dogs?"                                                                                                                                                                                     Me: “Uhhh yea."                                                                                                                                                             Phyllis: “Want me to sing it to you?"                                                                                                                             Me: “No. Do not sing it to me Phyllis."                                                                                                                  Phyllis: “........But–"                                                                                                                                                               Me: “NO. DON'T YOU DARE! I HATE THAT F$#*ING SONG AND IT MAKES ME REFLECT ON A VERY WEIRD TIME IN MY LIFE!"                                                                                                       Phyllis: “Sighhhhh. Okay."                                                                                                                                               Me: “... Oh thank god."                                                                                                                                                        *30 seconds later*                                                                                                                                                       Phyllis: “K, I'm gonna sing it to you just once."                                                                                                         *Three hours later Who Let The Dogs Out is still playing in my head*

Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

Watching TV with Phyllis:                                                                                                                                         Phyllis: “Hey, remember when you were supposed mail in that rebate for $100?"                                        Me: “Yes."                                                                                                                                                                             Phyllis: “And then you never did."                                                                                                                                 Me: “Uhhhh yeah. I remember."                                                                                                                               Phyllis: “And then you finally went to mail it in and it had expired the week before, but you                      left it for 8 months sitting on the table and just never did it because you're lazy and I                                    guess you think money grows on trees."                                                                                                                   Me: “Yes! I remember! Get over it Phyllis!!"                                                                                                         Phyllis: “...........okay."                                                                                                                                               *Returns to TV again.*                                                                                                                                               Phyllis: “Just hear me out though for one minute. I'm really smart, I'm your brain– so I  promise I have a point."                                                                                                                                                                                 Me: “......fiiiiiine. Go ahead."                                                                                                                                       Phyllis: “All's I'm going to say is, maybe this means you're a bad person... That's all."                                 Me: “Uhhhhhh no it doesn't Phyllis. That makes no sense. Not mailing in a rebate has nothing to do     with being a bad person."                                                                                                                                             Phyllis: “Are you sure you're not a bad person? Sometimes you cancel plans with people. Or you look at text messages and don't reply right away. And sometimes you call in sick for work when you're sick but not in-the-hospital-with-SARS-sick.                                                                                                                         Me: “Put a sock in it Phyllis!"                                                                                                                                     Phyllis: “... that's what she said."                                                                                                    

Sometimes I need to remind myself that Phyllis doesn't run the show. In both the tv series and my mind, she is a part of it and she is welcome there, but she is not in charge. I once heard sn analogy of this part of the mind that described it perfectly– You're driving a car and your ego is a child sitting in the backseat. She is always telling you where she wants to go, what she wants to do and even asks to drive the car even though she's a child and that would be ludicrous. She gets angry that you won't let her drive, sings gleefully at times, throws tantrums at others, and sometimes she falls asleep and you get some peace and quiet. But she's just a child and you understand that, so you love her and you let her know that she is always welcome to come along for the ride and provide input for the journey you're both on, but she is not the driver. She's not in control, but she's a part of the family. 

Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

This recipe makes Phyllis be quiet for a few moments. It's comforting, satiating and very healthy so she can't say $h*! if she's all up on her high horse. During this cold season I'm being extra good to myself and nourishing my body with primarily plant based meals so this is an all vegan recipe with no lack of flavour. Some tofu steaks would be excellent with this dish and for my non vegan bebes– a poached or fried egg, piece of fish or some shrimp would be divine. I eat a lot of kale when I need to more nourishment because it's packed with nutrients and anything green makes my body feel so good. To learn more about the health benefits of kale check out this article and then make this dish to feel well taken care of. 

Feel free to change elements of the dish up: quinoa or noodles for the rice, collard greens for the kale, almond butter for the peanut– I'm confident they would all be delicious alternatives. Keep the coconut milk though, preferably full fat. It lends a rich creaminess to the dish which vegan meals are not commonly associated with.  

No go turn down the volume on your Phyllis and enjoy yourself.

Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca
Braised Coconut Milk + Peanut Greens with Ginger Turmeric Rice || This simple recipe for coconut curried kale over turmeric rice is healthy, vegan and a 30 minute meal! Dairy free, gluten free, + plant based. || creamandhoney.ca

BRAISED COCONUT MILK + PEANUT GREENS W/ GINGER TURMERIC RICE

the magic

inspiration:                     southern stewed greens has a baby with                                              asian stir fried greens

the feels:                         rich, creamy, soft, crunchy, savoury

eat with:                         green or mint tea, lime + mint water,                                                 white wine(champagne, riesling, chenin                                             blanc), pilsner beer

might like it you're into:  thai food, southern cooked greens, coconut                                          curries, turmeric dahl, maneki neko, The                                            Office, superfoods

the science

makes 4 servings || time: 30 minutes

ingredients: 

                                                                                                                                                                                                  coconut milk + peanut greens

  • 1 large bunch dinosaur kale – washed, stems removed and chopped into ribbons (for the benefits of kale click here)
  •  1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 1 medium onion, cut into half moons
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons natural peanut butter, smooth or crunchy (made with only peanuts)
  • 2 teaspoons tamari/Bragg's/soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 red thai chili pepper, sliced finely in rings
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, white and/or black
  • 2 tablespoons crushed peanuts
  • optional: cilantro or basil, to garnish

ginger turmeric rice

  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 3/4 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 one-inch piece of ginger, finely grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt/himalayan salt 

method:

  1. Rinse rice and drain. Add all ingredients from the rice portion to a rice cooker. Turn on and let cook until done. (If you don't have a rice cooker then add everything to a pot, bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes off the heat; fluff with a fork.)
  2. While rice is cooking, boil a large pot of water. Once boiling, add chopped kale and cook for 2 minutes. Remove and run under cold water or place in a bowl of ice water to stop cooking process and keep them green (this step also removes the bitterness).
  3. Place a large wok or saucepan over medium-high heat, add the coconut oil. Once hot, add the onions and sauté for 5 minutes or until they are translucent. Reduce temperature to medium and add the coconut milk, tamari, lime juice, peanut butter and chili. Stir until the peanut butter is mixed through evenly. Add the kale to saucepan. Cook over medium for 5 minutes. If more liquid is needed during this process you can add a bit more coconut milk or water.
  4. Serve rice as the base, top with braised kale and onions, and sprinkle the sesame seeds, peanuts and herbs on top. Spoon extra coconut peanut sauce on to rice if desired. 

*notes: one 400 ml can of coconut milk is all you need for this recipe. It is the exact amount required between the greens and rice. 

SMALL BATCH APPLE BUTTER (SLOW COOKER + SUGAR FREE)

Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca

Winter is here. There is snow on the ground, I bought a scarf that is basically a blanket, and my furry winter jacket has me nuzzling my face into it while out in the cold Toronto air. The other day I walked outside my door and watched an lady on the other side of the road do an unintentional Elaine dance before falling over on to the icy sidewalk. I held back a laugh and did my best surprised yet concerned person face, Are you okay?!" I asked loudly. She said nothing. MA'AM! ARE YOU OKAY?! DO YOU NEED HELP?!" I yelled, because then I was like, maybe she hit her head and is concussed! Yes yes, I'm fine.", she said clearly embarrassed and wishing I hadn't drawn attention to her. Oh, uhhhhh okay. Well, ummmmm, have a good day! Not that it was going good at this moment, but you know what I mean! Like I mean, I hope it gets better!" It was an awkward interaction. I felt bad she felt embarrassed but then I felt embarrassed for myself because of my weird response. But what was I supposed to do? Just watch and laugh and walk away? That's cold. Ice cold. Ha.

Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca

I made apple butter this week which makes these cold days easier. I turned the slow cooker on and basically just dumped everything in and left it for hours while it warmed up my apartment and spread Christmasy scents of cinnamon and nutmeg wafting around. I put on Christmas music and let the holiday feel fully set in.

This apple butter has no extra sweetener added since the apples themselves always lend enough sweetness in my opinion. It's a very easy recipe, takes no skill at all and makes a great holiday gift for your vegan paleo gluten–free lactose intolerant friend. Their life sounds depressing so they need this in a very big way. Also good for other people who eat all food. Might be okay for your cat, but I may be wrong as I'm just making this up right now. But a cat licking apple butter off a spoon would be super cute. You can use it on lots of things– spread on some toast, smothered on a pork chop, added to a cheese board, or dolloped into some yogurt or oatmeal. It's perfect just to eat right off the spoon as well. 

So pick out your favourite Christmas movie, put the tea kettle on, and pull out that dusty slow cooker that sits in the crawlspace underneath all the weird craft projects you started and never finished in the last year. I hope this apple butter makes you as happy as it did for me.

Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca
Small Batch Apple Butter (Slow Cooker + Sugar Free) || This easy recipe for apple butter is only a few ingredients and completely unsweetened using only the apples natural sugars. Makes a great Christmas gift and perfect on toast, muffins, pork chops or yogurt. Vegan, dairy free, gluten free, no refined sugars + plant based. || www.creamandhoney.ca

SMALL BATCH APPLE BUTTER (sugar free)

makes 3.5 to 4 cups of apple butter || prep time: 10 minutes // cook time: 6 hours  

the magic

inspiration:          roaming apple orchards with my sister      

the feels:              lightly sweet + smooth texture

eat with:              toast, muffins, pork chops, yogurt, oatmeal,                                        layered between cakes,whipped cream,maple syrup. 

might like if you're into:      picking your own fruit, rolling hillsides,                                            cider, fermentation, bourbon, hot                                                      buttered rum, mulled wine.

the science

ingredients:

  • 4 lbs (10-12 medium) apples of your choice (I used Ambrosia)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, fresh grated
  • 1/2 tsp natural vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves

method:

  1. Leave skins on; core and slice apples. Add apples and water to slow cooker and cook on high, covered. Leave for 3.5 to 4 hours stirring once in awhile. 
  2. Use potato masher or big wooden spoon to mash apples well. Blend up apple mixture using a hand blender, Vitamix or regular blender. Add the apple butter back into the slow cooker (unless hand blended) as well as the remaining ingredients and cook on high, uncovered for another 1 to 2 hours depending how thick you want it. Keep cooking longer to reduce down to whatever thickness you desire.