Get out slow cooker and your favorite apples and make a batch of Crock Pot Apple Butter! Fall means apple season and I think that means favorite fall recipes. Don't you just love the smell of apples and cinnamon? With all this fall fruit in season right now, there's no shortage of yummy things you can make, and your house will smell so good! So grab yourself a couple bags of apples and let's start cooking.
This is one of my favorite fall recipes, check out my easy apple butter recipe. You'll love to make it and love to eat it even more!
DIY Crock Pot Apple Butter
I just used a bunch of apples I found on sale to make a batch of apple butter. I don't have a true recipe I use, so don't compare to your grandmother's 5 generation old recipe. I'm not patient enough to follow recipes to the letter, so I kind of go along and make it up where I need to. Your taste buds won't lie to you, ever… so I figure winging it is ok. Besides, this is a Jen Goode quick and easy recipe – we think it tastes great and that's all that matters.
- 8-10 Apples
- Brown sugar
- You also need a spoon and a crock pot and a bit of patience. Your house will smell like fresh apple pie for hours before this is ready to eat.
Note: you can use any kind of apples, about 8 or more works well. This time around, Cameo apples were on sale, so that's what I grabbed. I've also mixed apple varies. Experiment, you'll find your favorites. You can use less or more apples depending on the size of your crock pot.
- Cut apples, removing core but leave the skin. Doesn't really matter how small you cut them, just cut them enough to make sure you're not cooking seeds and core pieces.
- Add about 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
- Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon Allspice – you can use 1/4 nutmeg instead or omit all together if you'd like. These spices just add a little more distinct flavor.
- Add at least 2 cups of water to start.
- Cook on high, covered for at least 4 hours. Stir occasionally and check the water level. It needs to always be a little moist. When the apples start becoming really soft and mooshy, feel free to mash them a bit, add more sugar or spices as desired.
- Cook down until the mixture becomes a dark soft paste. I usually cook mine about 8 hours just to make sure all the flavors are really melted together and the texture is creamy.
- Let cool a bit, pour into a blender and puree. Can/store as desired.
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Customize your Apple Butter
You can make other fruit spreads with this same process. You don't have to cook other fruits as long, it all depends on the consistency you want. Feel free to replace sugar with your own desired sweetener, just make sure to test a small batch first.. not all sweeteners taste the same when cooked for long periods of time. Also, if you plan on being gone, make sure to add extra water and cook on low. This way the water will cook away slower but your apples with soak in all that flavorful goodness.
Enjoy Homemade Apple Butter all year long
Apple butter is usually a fall favorite, but you can make it all year long. Change up your recipe for the apples that are in season. Use apple butter as a topping on toast, waffles, pancakes and other yummy treats. You can also give small mason jars of this delicious treat as gifts. Tie a bow and add a label and or gift tag and you're set.
New pictures for you to enjoy! I originally shared this apple butter recipe about 2 years ago so I thought it was time to share some new photos. Can you smell the cinnamon from there?
I'd love to hear if you try this recipe. Apple butter is so delicious and this recipe is so easy. You can adjust the sugar and the spices to your taste. Making apple sauce is very similar.. I'm not sure I know the difference other than the color and my husband doesn't dance with happiness for apple sauce. I could wrap this up in jar with a bow and he'd think it was his birthday!
Do you love apple butter too?