For the holidays, I really enjoy giving homemade gifts to family and friends. I’m slowly expanding my horizons where canning is concerned, so I’ve been on the lookout for new recipes. I came across this recipe for apple butter that is made in the crockpot on the crockpot lady’s blog and it sounded like a good one. You know me, I love anything I can do in the crockpot! It’s one of my best friends! I’ve never actually HAD apple butter, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Here is what happened…
Crockpot Apple Butter
(Note that I modified a little for my 5 quart crockpot size)
10 ripe apples – I used 5 Red Delicious and 5 Jonagold
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar (I used my sugar from Cora Texas sugar mill)
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 TBSP vanilla
FYI: This is really a 2-day process! I started in the afternoon and had it timed so that I could set the crockpot timer for the second time right before bed, so it would be done in the morning.
Peel your apples. Yes, this sucks. Be careful not to cut yourself like I did! Quarter them and remove the core. Place in a crockpot sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Add vanilla, cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.
When the 8 hours is up, mash with a fork (this is really easy, they’re so soft so it doesn’t take much at all!). Stir in the sugars, cinnamon and cloves. Cover again and cook once more on LOW for 6 hours.
If you want yours to be super smooth, you may use an immersion blender or something like it to puree. But I thought the slightly chunky texture was nice. You may store in the fridge or can it. The Ball website has great information and tutorials on how to can, if you’ve never done this before. You only need to process this in the water for 10 minutes.
This is what the finished product looks like in the crockpot (I realize not the prettiest picture, sorry!).
Warm apple butter on a hot biscuit…perfect way to start off a fall morning!
The Verdict: Holy deliciousness! Like I said, I’ve never actually HAD apple butter before but I’m a fan now! When word was out that I was making this, several people asked how does it turn into butter. Well it doesn’t, it’s really just a fruit spread. But it’s so good. When it’s done and you open the crockpot, the smell of the holidays just envelopes you! I processed it and it made four 8-ounce jars, with a little extra that I put in the fridge. It probably would have made 5 jars had we not enjoyed it for breakfast first. This was simple (other than the peeling) and I will definitely be making more in a couple of days to give as gifts for the holidays! Try it!