One look at this beautiful, thick apple butter and you know it has to taste awesome. It’s cooked low and slow in the crock pot but the time it takes is totally worth the wait. Make it before you go to bed and have sweet apple dreams. Wake up, and see them come true.
Before you hit the hay, wash, peel, core and chop up your apples. Peeling your apples is optional. If you want a smooth butter then peel your apples. If you don’t mind a little texture, then leave your peels on (I decided to remove most of the peels). Add the apples along with a few other spices and a little bit of water to your slow cooker. Set it on low and then go to sleep. When you wake up, give the apples a good stir. You can either puree them with an immersion blender or put the apple mixture in your blender and then put the puree back in your crock pot to continue cooking. At this point, leave the lid ajar and cook until the apple butter reaches your desired consistency. I wanted mine super thick so I let it cook for like another six hours. The longer you cook it, the thicker it will be.
Apple butter is high in natural sugar so if you want don’t want to add sugar, then use sweet apples. The thing about sugar is that helps thicken your apple butter. I used about 5 tablespoons of coconut sugar so my apple butter was satisfyingly sweet. You don’t have to add sugar to yours, but just be aware that the consistency may not be as thick as you’d like. It’ll still be awesome.
Making homemade apple butter isn’t an exact science. Apple butter is just applesauce that you keep cooking down to a concentrated sweet spreadable spread. Put it on anything and everything. Make it, taste it, love it. Then spread the apple love and share with a friend. Wondering what else you can do with apple butter? Make this apple butter pumpkin pie.
- 5.5. pounds of apples (½ peck)
- ¼ c water
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- pinch of ground cloves
- 5 tbs coconut sugar, optional (can always add this later)
- Wash, core, peel and chop your apples (peeling is optional).
- Add all of your ingredients to your crock pot and mix together.
- Put the lid on and cook on low overnight - 9 to 12 hours.
- When you wake up, give the apples a good stir. Puree them with an immersion blender or put everything into a blender and then put the puree back into the crock pot.
- Taste and adjust the spices/sugar.
- Cook on low with the lid slightly ajar for a few more hours or until the apple butter is as thick as you’d like it to be (I did another 5-6 hours). Stir frequently.
- Store in jars in the refrigerator or freezer. If you know how to can, then go for it. I have yet to learn so I just put this in the freezer.
For a sugar-free apple butter, omit coconut sugar and choose sweet apples.