It’s looking a lot like a great weekend to go apple picking. If you’re like us, when you get home, you’re hit with the reality of “what to do with all these apples“! Yes, you can make pies, you can make cakes. But, have you ever made apple butter?
For the uninitiated, apple butter has nothing to do with butter, it’s just spreadable and yummy on toast.
And, how do you make this yummy, spreadable, goodness?
Well, first you pull out the crockpot and get ready for 12 hours of heavenly, apple aroma wafting through the house.
BTW, once you realize just how easy this recipe is, do me a favor, when you’re sharing jars with friends and family, don’t tell them.
OK, let’s go!
I use a combo of Granny Smith and a softer, sweeter apple. You can use Fuji, Gala, Macintosh, Jonagold and toss in a few Granny Smith.
Peel and core 6 pounds of apples. That’s 10-12 medium apples–20 small. Slice or chunk apples and put in the crockpot/slow cooker.
In a bowl mix: 1 cup of white sugar 1 cup brown sugar (I use 1/2 dark & 1/2 light brown sugar) Add 1 TB of cinnamon 1/2 tsp of nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp salt
Later you’ll need: 1 TB vanilla
Mix sugar and spices and add to apples. Toss apples to coat.
Put the lid on the crockpot and set the crockpot on low. Next, set your timer for 10 hours.
Yes, 10 hours!
In 10 hours take the lid off and add 1 TB vanilla extract. Stir and leave uncovered simmering on low for 2 more hours.
When time’s up use an immersion hand blender or potato masher and carefully (because its dangerously hot!) smash any pieces that are left intact.
You’ll have a deep brown smooth apple spread. When it cools, pour into jars and keep refrigerated. No canning process is necessary.
Now, go pick those apples … and remember, mums the word on how easy this is.