There is nothing like some good ol' apple butter slathered on top of a nice warm biscuit. I remember when we were growing up Mom and Dad would buy apple butter all the time. We would have it on toast or biscuits in the morning for breakfast. I have always loved it. I still will buy it from time to time and it never lasts. My kids and husband enjoy it as much as I do.
I had been wanting to try and make my own for years. It always intrigued me at how easy it looked to make. How could something so scrumptious be so easy?
I wasn't sure if it was going to turn out the way I wanted to so I couldn't wait to take a sample. Oh my goodness, this was divine. Better than any apple butter I have had before. This will be made again and again and again.
So run, don't walk to your nearest orchard, farmer's market, or the grocery store and grab some apples and pull out that crock pot. You will be glad you did!
Crock Pot Apple Butter
Apples, peeled, cored, and cut into large sections. (enough to fill your Crock pot to the top)1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla
2 tsp lemon juice
Fill Crock Pot with apples. In separate bowl combine and stir, 1 cup of granulated sugar, 1 cup of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. (reserve the rest of the sugar for later) Pour mixture over apples. Turn Crock pot onto low and cook apples for 10 hours. After first 1-2 hours gently stir in the sugar mixture to coat the apples. Continue to cook.
After 10 hours take lid off and stir. Your mixture will be very dark and cooked down by about half the capacity of your Crock pot. Stir in lemon juice, and vanilla. Taste your apple butter for sweetness. Add the additional 1/2 cup of granulated and 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar if its not sweet enough. You can adjust accordingly to your taste and the apples you are using. Continue to cook for 1-2 hours with lid off to absorb more liquid and to thicken.
Smooth apple butter with an emulsion blender.If you use a regular blender, allow mixture to cool before blending. Spoon into clean pint jars, and cover tightly with jar lid and ring. Be sure to leave room at the top of the jar if freezing.