Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love gathering with family and loved ones over great conversation, amazing food, and an overall feeling of gratitude. We have a lot of family at our table with different dietary needs, and at Thanksgiving we make it a point to have at least one favorite for every person. We have a couple of vegetarians and a vegan. We have little kids and big kids. We even have some adults who are a little (or a lot) picky. One thing that most everyone seems to love and doesn’t require any modifications is Cranberry Sauce. Here is an easy recipe for Cranberry Sauce prepared in the Instant Pot®.
I recently made apple sauce in my Instant Pot® and shared the easy recipe. I knew when I made it that I would need to save some of it for this Apple Butter recipe. My family would have gobbled up all of the apple sauce, because it was so tasty, but the apple butter? Heavenly. It’s concentrated apple flavor is brimming with fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice (I used pumpkin pie spice.) The apple butter cooks down slowly and your entire house smells amazing. In this recipe, the apple butter cooks once at high pressure, and then the saute function is used to cook it down to the correct consistency. Patience is key with this recipe. It takes time to make this delicious fall treat.
A few months ago, I had some pears that just weren’t ripening. I decided I would bake them with some sort of filling, in some sort of quick caramel sauce, and call it dessert. Well, my son loved them and has periodically asked for them ever since. Since he knew we had pears, he asked me again this morning. As a special start-of-spring-break-treat, I decided to make them. I also decided I would use my Instant Pot® pressure cooker, because I have made cheesecake and rice pudding, but not any fruit-based desserts.