Slow Cooker Apple Butter ~ Smooth and silky slow cooker apple butter with simple ingredients is the epitome of Fall’s bounty.One of the perks of being a food blogger is the free food. I am not talking food from a company to write a recipe for their product. The free food I am referring to is from all my friends and family who grow their own gardens and give me some of their bounty.
These apples are from such a friend. Bob has an apple tree. It’s bloomed? Blossomed? It’s born its fruit (there, that works) and he asked if I wanted some. I’m not one to turn down food, but what exactly does one do with several dozen apples when one doesn’t bake?
Sure, I could make some kind of pork dish with them, as I love pork and fruit together, but that would use what, six or seven apples? I let them sit in the crisper for a couple of days while I stewed (pun intended) over what to do with them. Then my daughter asked for toast and I had one of those surreal, whirlwind moments where the idea rushed towards me…apple butter.
Apple butter has long been one of my favorite spreads on toast or in a pb&j. I haven’t had any good apple butter since before my daughter was born on a trip my then husband and I took to Michigan. We stopped at some Podunk town and bought the most exquisitely tasting, fall in a jar, pure apple flavor, apple butter. My daughter is 4 now, so that’s a long time to have been deprived. This recipe is simple and straightforward. I cooked it for hours, overnight on the lowest setting possible. The most labor-intensive part of this recipe was peeling, coring, and cutting the apples. I don’t have one of those fancy apple core-peeler devices, so I peeled, cut, and cored by hand. That being said, this apple butter is so fantastic, when I run out of this batch, I will be doing it all over again.
When I made my first piece of toast, I fell in love. I continued to eat toast for a few days and since cheese and apples is such a lovely pairing, I sliced one of my favorite cheeses, extra sharp (or in this case seriously sharp) white cheddar by Cabot
. Talk about a pairing made in heaven.
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Slow Cooker Apple Butter
Slow Cooker Apple Butter ~ Smooth and silky slow cooker apple butter with simple ingredients is the epitome of Fall's bounty. Print
- 4 lbs . Jongold apples; peeled , cored, and cut
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp . ground clove
- 2 tsp . cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp . ground nutmeg
- 2 tsp . lemon juice
- 1 tbsp . vanilla extract
Add everything to a slow cooker.
Cook on the lowest setting for 10-15 hours.
Once the apples have cooked down, use an immersion blender and puree until smooth.
Or not, if you prefer it chunky.
Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator.
Makes about a quart (32 oz.)