Crockpot Apple Butter

Apple butter is one of the most comforting, delicious treats for the fall. It is a great quick breakfast on a biscuit, English muffin, or toast. This apple butter is too easy to make. All you have to do is throw the ingredients into your crock pot and let it cook all day. This recipe calls for sweet apples and a smaller amount of sugar than most recipes. The apple butter is spiced with allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The warm spices will delight your senses. This recipe is the best home fragrance. The aroma will fill your home with delicious apple and spice smells that will comfort your soul. Be sure to make a big batch of this, so you can jar the leftovers for later. This also makes the perfect gift, in a crystal jelly jar, tied with a pretty bow. If you have never canned before, its very easy. You just have to make sure everything is very clean. I have included instructions below. For this recipe, I used 4 Gala apples and 4 Macintosh apples, and I got 3 pint sized jars. In retrospect, I should have used enough apples to fill the crock pot, because we finished off half a jar this morning. Measuring is not crucial in this recipe. You fill your crock pot with sweet apples, add cider about 2/3 way up the apples, about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar per apple, or to taste, and spices to taste. Finish with a touch of salt to help bring out the flavors.

Crockpot Apple Butter

Ingredients:

8 sweet apples, of any variety, peeled, cored, and chopped or sliced
2 cups apple cider, or apple juice
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Peel and core apples. Add to crock pot. Add cider, sugar and spices. Turn crock pot to high and bring to a bubble. Turn on low and cook for 6-8 hours. Stir the apples about every hour or two. Apple butter is done when it has a deep color, apples are cooked to pieces, and it has thickened.

You can jar the apple butter by purchasing canning jars, sterilizing them, and running them in a water bath.