Saturday, November 24, 2007

Crockpot Apple Butter

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.

What did I do with my “plus” amount of apple butter? I made Kris’s Damn Tasty! Apple Butter Cookies.

The cookies are big and soft and of course, delicious!


Amey said...

oh! I will have to remember this recipe for next year. I am almost at the tail end of my apples for this year, but during peak apple production times, I am always looking for recipes that use up loads at a time. It looks delicious (as do the cookies!).

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

You summed up the weather here-- It's too darn cold and wet to go out! Apple butter and cookies sound like great reasons to stay inside!

MeloMeals said...

Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I will definitely do this over soon.. I LOVE apple butter..

I'll bet your house smells divine while this is cooking away.

Webly said...

Apple butter cookies! I should check those out! They look beautiful.

LizNoVeggieGirl said...

mmm, I haven't had apple-butter in years!! thank you for reminding me that I need to make some, pronto!! oh and those Apple Butter Cookies? exceptional.

JENNA said...

I've alway's wanted to make apple butter..thanks for the recipe...and the desire to actually make it.

Anonymous said...

i can't wait to try your apple butter recipe! it's great that i can use a crockpot for this!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I just found your blog. I'm so excited to find another gluten free vegan. I'm even in Austin. :)

I had a question though. When you make things like cookies or cake, what flour do you use? I'm new to this whole gluten free thing and was curious. It doesn't look like your breads and things are GF.

All this food looks really good though and makes me want to cook. And maybe not as sad about the fact that it seems my dining out days are over.


Anonymous said...

i cant wait to try this recipe!! thanks

aTxVegn said...

Marsha, I'm glad you found me! I'll send you an email.

If anyone makes the apple butter, let me know - I think it's so yummy.

- Diann

bazu said...

Oh man... I've always wanted to make apple butter! Thanks for the recipe.

Jackie said...

Thanks for the recipe as I have wanted to try to make it for ages.

Agdah said...

Hi, Diann. I did try it and it came out very nice. Thank you for sharing. The cookies are next.