I’ve been making this apple butter for years. It cooks all day in the crockpot and except for peeling and chopping the apples, couldn’t be easier to make. So if you’re stuck at home by choice or because it’s just too darn cold and wet to go out, give this recipe a try. Your home will smell wonderful all day long.
5 – 5-1/2 pounds apples (pick out a variety of sweet apples)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ teaspoon ginger
½ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon salt
Peel, core, and chop the apples. You can puree them in the food processor before cooking, or puree after cooking with an immersion blender (which is what I did). If you prefer a chunky apple butter, just finely chop all the apples. Put the apples into your crock. I have a large one and it was almost completely full.
In a separate bowl, combine the sugars, spices, and salt. Pour over the apples and mix well. (Feel free to adjust your spices, but don’t reduce the cinnamon because that helps it turn brown.)
Cover and cook on high 1 hour. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 hours, stirring every couple of hours, until the apples are dark brown and thickened.
Uncover and cook on low one more hour. Stir, blend if necessary, then put into sterilized jars and keep in the refrigerator.
You should have 5+ half-pints of apple butter.