I truly wish there was smell-o-vision for this recipe, but since there isn’t, I guess you’ll just have to try it!
I always make apple butter in the slow cooker for a few reasons. One being, I only have to stir it every so often, and aside from that, it does the work on its own. Secondly, it makes the house smell AMAZING allllllll day.
Who needs autumn scented candles when you have apple butter cooking away? Oh, and did I mention it tastes amazing, too? Hence the name! But in all seriousness, I’ve eaten a lot of apple butter in my day, but nothing comes close to this stuff. It’s the perfect amount of sweet, spicy, and tart. It’s brilliant on toast, ice cream, and everything in between.
I suppose that’s another reason to cook from scratch. You can control how much sugar, how much cinnamon, maybe you want EXTRA cloves. Whatever floats your boat. Taste, and add more of what best suits you.
Here’s my basic go-to recipe and how to make it:
Amazing Apple Butter
Makes about 16 ounces (You can easily double this recipe)
+ 3 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
+ 2 cups sugar
+ 1 (heaping) teaspoon cinnamon (I like the extra heap)
+ 1/8 teaspoon cloves
+ 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
+ pinch of salt
Peel, core, and chop up the apples, and add into the slow cooker with all of the other ingredients.
Cook on high for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Then, turn it down to low for an additional 4-5 hours, or until the mixture it dark brown and almost smooth. You can use a whisk to make it smoother, if you wish. Store in a container (like a mason jar) in the refrigerator.