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Apple Butter, Cezanne, Festa Italiana Seattle

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To quote Cezanne. “ I will astonish Paris with an apple”

and  recently I left Rome astonished with  apples..



I was pulled out of line by a a security agent when leaving from Leonardo DaVinci International Airport ( Rome)..the culprit..a jar of homemade apple butter stashed in my carry on for on the plane snacking with crackers. I couldn’t figure out why I was being searched, interrogated, pulled out of line…ahh!! …until it was all over..when I asked why ..a small homemade jar of apple butter was held up by the customs agent.

Apple Butter is one of those foods that is still not possible to find in Italy and I do miss it so when there… though I set out to make it and preserve some jars to leave and one to take back apple orchard filled with apples at our country farm..delicious, organic, pesticide free apples..just in time apple season had just begun..


Apple butter pairs well with a touch of mascarpone cheese on a slice of freshly baked crusty bread from the local forno (bakery) in the morning for a true country farm breakfast…



*7 cups of homemade applesauce (if you really must use store bought but homemade is best)

*2 cups of apple cider

*1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ground cloves

½ tsp allspice

Optional: 1 ½ cups honey

You need a slow cooker or crockpot for this. Mix all the ingredients and place in the slow cooker, cover and let cook on low heat for 14 hours or until the mixture is a deep brown color. While the mixture is hot, place into 4 pint sized jars that are hot as well. Place in a hot water bath. Once the water begins to boil after adding in the jars ,time for 10 minutes and remove jars. Cool jars upside down.


**See You Soon, Sept 28,29th at  in Seattle at Festa Italiana   and at these other great places, for more info email:

Thursday, September 26th, 7 PM to 9 PM, SAVOUR Specialty Foods, 2242 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107, book signing and sampling,

SAVOUR Specialty Foods

Friday, September 27th, 5 PM to 7 PM, Intentional Table, 124 Madrone Lane North, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, book signing and sampling,

Intentional Table

Saturday, September 28th, 11 AM to 1 PM, Culinaire The Cook’s Shop, 251 Westfield Southcenter Mall, Seattle, WA 98188, book signing,

Culinaire The Cook’s Shop

Saturday, September 28th, 6:30 PM  Quintessential Gourmet, 2001 Western Avenue, Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98121, book signing and sampling,

Quintessential Gourmet


For more recipes get your copy of the Gourmand World Award Winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays and Special Occasions-2nd edition

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