When summertime ends and it cools down for fall, we always have wood burning in the fireplace and search for cozy, homey dishes to make and enjoy with friends. Finding apple butter in a grocery store (especially good apple butter) is an impossible task. It’s one of those things that will never taste as good from the store, you’ve got to make it yourself. As Thanksgiving approaches, we decided to try making apple butter and were so happy with the results.
If you have the opportunity, wander through apple orchards and pick your own apples for your apple butter. It’s a great excuse to get out of the house for a few hours and a lot of the orchards have pies and fresh apple cider you can purchase and bring home — absolutely a bonus in our book.
This recipe is super simple and requires a little time and a crock pot. While you can do this on the stove, a slow cooker makes your cook a whole lot easier. The nice thing about using a slow cooker is that it does a lot of the work and temperature management for you and your house will smell delicious the entire day. There are a variety of apples you can choose from while you’re at the store if you didn’t pick your own. For apple butter, a wide range of apples will work: Gala, Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Honey Crisp, Ambrosia, Mcintosh, or Red Delicious. For our recipe we used Gala apples.
- 7 1/2 lbs of apples, peeled and cored (we used Gala apples)
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp cloves
- 2 tsp allspice berries
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- Peel and core your apples, cut into smaller pieces if you’d like
- Add apples to the slow cooker
- Combine sugars, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice
- Mix ingredients well so apples are coated with mixture
- Cook in slow cooker on low for 10 hours, stirring every few hours.
- Puree your apple butter in a blender or food processor
- Return apple butter to the slow cooker after pureed and let cook for 2-4 hours on low
- In sanitized jars, can your apple butter or store in airtight containers in your refrigerator for up to two or three weeks / freeze in small containers