As I promised in my post last week – Apple Season in Julian – here is my recipe for apple butter. It is easy and so delicious; you will love it. Gourmet eating without all the work. You make this apple butter in the crockpot! Your house will smell like Fall all day long. It will be so warm and inviting. Have friends drop by, just so they get a whiff of your delicious-smelling home and they will be so impressed! Get your apples ready and go!
The first step is to prepare your 5 1/2 pounds of apples. You can use just about any kind you want, and you can even use different kinds in one batch. I usually use Jonagold or a combo like Golden Delicious and Gala. Whatever is on sale or what we end up picking at the orchards. I have a Fuji apple tree in my backyard, so I have used those too. They all work. They are all yummy.
You’ll need to peel, core and slice or chop the apples. If you have one of these apple corers, it save a lot of work. (And my kids love to eat apples this way as a snack too). They are not expensive to buy and worth it.
Your apples will come off almost perfectly ready to go in the crockpot. I just cut the whole thing in half once down the middle and consider it done. If you don’t have one of these, you will need to manually peel, core and slice the apples. It’s a bit more work, but worth it! Fill up your crockpot with the apples. (I promise this is the “hardest” part and it isn’t really that hard.)
Next add 2 cups sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, and 1/4 tsp salt. That’s it. If you have room, stir all the ingredients together. My crockpot is usually really full at this point, so I just let them start cooking and start stirring once the apples have cooked down a little bit.
The next steps are hardly even steps. They’re just a little babysitting of your apple butter throughout the day. Cover the crockpot and cook on high for 1 hour. Then reduce the heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally. If you want to do this overnight, you can. Just stir it before you go to bed and stir it when you get up. The mixture will thicken and turn a dark brown. The apples will soften and break up.
After the 9 to 11 hours, continue cooking one more on hour on low, but take the lid off. After that last hour, turn the crockpot off. I then use an immersion blender to make it extra smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender, let it cool a little and pour it in your blender in batches to puree to a perfect smoothness.
That’s it. You are done. Now it’s time to enjoy that heavenly apple butter all through the Fall (if it lasts that long!) on your toast, pancakes, waffles, crepes, whatever your heart desires. It freezes well. I’ve also canned it. And it makes a great gift too for neighbors, teachers, family and friends. ENJOY!
Here is the complete recipe:
All Day Apple Butter5 1/2 lb apples 2 cups sugar 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/4 salt
Peel, core and finely chop apples. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, mix the sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples in the slow cooker and mix well. Cover and cook on high 1 hour.
Reduce heat to low and cook 9 to 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
Uncover and continue on low 1 hour. Stir with a whisk, if desired, to increase smoothness. Use an immersion blender to make it extra smooth after it’s done cooking.
Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze.
Looking for more for Fall?
Enjoy this recipe for a perfect Fall cookie – Rich & Chewy Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Check out what’s happening at the Nat this Fall!
Go to one of the fun Fall Festivals in the San Diego area!