When searching the net for a recipe for Apple Butter the other day, I came across the recipe below at one of my fave recipe sites, All Recipes. What I like most about this site, besides there are tons and tons of recipes for just about anything, are the comments you can read for each recipe. Other cooks listing their successes or failures with the recipe. Their slight changes or additions or deletions to recipes.
It's a great resource!
Anyway, I was quite intrigued at this recipe as it has the apple butter cooking in a slow cooker.
Yes . . . crock pot!
Actually, I stumbled upon quite a few apple butter recipes that use the
handy-dandy crock pot.
The whole process was super-simple. The hardest, or most time consuming, step, of course, was peeling, coring and chopping the apples. Not so bad for me, though. I actually enjoy chopping stuff.
I find it therapeutic :o)
The apple butter turned out so thick, and rich, and creamy. And the color! A dark, dark chocolatey caramel ambery color. And it tastes pretty darn good, too!
A lot of the cooks' comments on this particular recipe stated they used less sugar than the recipe called for. I'm sure a lot of how much sugar is needed depends on the type apple you use. I would imagine a more tart apple, like Granny Smith, might need more sugar, than, say, a Gala like I used. It seemed like an awful lot of sugar to me as well. So, I followed the advice of a lot of the cooks and cut the sugar almost in half.
5-1/2 pounds apples - peeled, cored and finely chopped
4 cups of sugar (I used 2-1/2 cups)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
(I also added 1/8 tsp of allspice and 1/8 tsp of ginger)
- Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix sugar and spices. Pour mixture over the apples and mix well.
- Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
- Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours (I let my apples cook a full 24 hours.), stirring occasionally until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
- Uncover and continue cooking on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness. (I used my immersion blender to really blend the mixture super smooth.)
- Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze. A water bath can be done for 10 minutes to seal the jars.
If you're an apple butter lover, I'm sure you will enjoy this recipe. Not only for it's yummy tastiness, but it's super simple preparation. Not to mention your house will smell of simmering apples and cinnamon for a day!
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