Most of us have eaten apple butter, right?
I assume so since it's one of my favorite foods ever.
But have you ever eaten cherry butter or peach butter or pear butter?
I mentioned that you could substitute different fruits for the apples when I wrote out my recipe. The more I thought about it, I thought that the substitutions deserved their own post.
Peach, cherry, and pear butters are just as amazing as apple butter, but I don't see them in my local grocery store.
Each has its own unique flavor, rich and sweet and only reminiscent of the original fruit. Soooo very delicious.
Last summer, I went a little crazy buying up apples, cherries, and peaches. I wanted to buy pears, too, but there weren't any available when I was at the farm market.
Over the weekend, my Grandma brought out a jar of apple butter that I had given to her for Christmas. She told me to open it so that we could eat it on our toast. I eagerly did as she asked, mixed it a bit, and noticed that the consistency was wrong.
My heart sunk, as I imagined my breakfast with no apple butter at all. I almost cried.
I leaned my head down over the jar - and noticed that it wasn't apple butter at all. It was cherry butter.
The breakfast was saved.
I think I like cherry butter even better than apple butter, if that is possible.
Even if you don't can, you can still make some butter. Fill up your crockpot with fruit, make the butter, and freeze it in small containers. It will last about a year in the freezer.