I love autumn. It’s my absolute favorite season. So even though it isn’t technically fall yet, it’s not unlike me to be ahead of schedule on my all-things-fall obsession. As you’re probably guessing from my previous post on apple chips, I bought a few bags of apples. I had come across a few apple butter recipes in magazines lately, but most of them called for a Dutch oven, which I don’t own. I was planning on trying a stove-top method, and already had the apples chopped, when I realized I was going to have to tend the pot all afternoon, including during the time I needed to get my son from school. I’m not great at reading the whole recipe ahead of time… I know it’s crucial to making any recipe, but for some reason my rough skimming has got me into trouble lately.
I already had the apples chopped so I decided to try using my slow cooker. Google okayed it. I didn’t peel my apples because I like to leave the peels on whenever possible. The long cook time and blender smooths everything out and you won’t even know they were there!
Homemade Apple Butter
Apple butter is so easy to make at home; it makes an impressive gift and the slow cooker does all the time-consuming work!
4 pounds apples, chopped
2 cups apple cider
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
- Preparation Time: 20M
- Cook Time: 12H
- Yield: About 4 cups
Instructions: In a large slow cooker, combine chopped apples, apple cider, brown sugar, and salt. Cover and cook on low for 12 hours, stirring occasionally.
Stir in lemon juice, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and allspice. Puree the mixture in a blender, in batches, until smooth. Allow apple butter to cool and refrigerate in airtight containers.
The slow cooker method turned out great, and I’d really recommend giving it a try. There’s barely any work involved. Just be sure to do a little math when you’re starting your slow cooker; mine finished cooking around 2 in the morning so it’s a good thing I’m a night owl. At least it was ready in time for breakfast the next morning!