Friday, September 30, 2011

Apple Butter (in the crock pot!)


This has got to be the easiest recipe of Apple Butter around.  It's a set it and forget it kind of apple butter.  The worst part is peeling the apples before you put them in the crock pot.   I had originally made an apple pie to share with you.  It was awesome until my 50mm lens broke and I was so heart broken that I stopped taking pictures all together.  I made that pie with a sad heart!  I will remake it, hopefully next week because it really is amazing!!!  Until then, here is apple butter.  Put it on anything you like!  It's spicy, sweet and tart all at once.  I made this with less sugar than most recipes call for.  I just didn't want it too sweet.  After it cooked down, it made two pint jars worth of apple butter.  I have on in the freezer and one in the fridge as I didn't process them.  They will keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks this way.   You can also store them in smaller containers if you don't think you will go through a pint in that amount of time. 




Ingredients:

8-12 medium sized apples.  Use any variety you have.  I mixed it up. 
1 Tbs. Vanilla Extract
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Cloves
2 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:

Peel your apples and dice them up.  They don't have to be pretty.

Throw the apples in your crock pot with the Tablespoon of Vanilla. You want your crock pot to be full of apples so peel as many as apples as you need for that.  Turn your crock pot on low and cook for 6-8 hours.  Check it every couple hours to give it a stir and see where it's at.  Mine was done more around the 6 hour mark but I think my crock cooks things a bit quicker than others.  It will look like this:


Add your white sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.  Give it a stir and cook another 5-6 hours.  Mine was ready at about 5.  Also stir it around every once and a while.  Mine seemed to need it...yours might not! 


At this point your house will smell amazingly and your crock pot will look like this!


When you spoon this into containers, please be careful.  I don't want you to drop any of this hot stuff on your hand....because that might hurt a lot and make you want to scream and throw your hand around like a crazy lady.   It didn't happen to me or anything but just be careful. 

43 comments:

  1. Apple butter is my favorite! This is all the motivation I needed to get online and hunt for an apple orchard nearby.

    Have a great weekend Sarah!

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  2. I haven't had apple butter in years! That looks sooooo good. I am going to have to make it on a day when I am home all day just so I can enjoy the smells!

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  3. I'm giving that a try this weekend! It looks incredible!!!

    Yay to Fall!

    xo
    Sarah
    Get Up & Go

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  4. This has got to be the easiest recipe I've seem for apple butter! Thanks a bunch can't wait to try it.

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  5. Easy! I always look for set it- and then leave it recipes...More posts please, moms on the go need more bloggers like you.

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  6. do you can it? keep it in the fridge? how long is it good for?

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  7. Our apple trees both have bumper crops this year and I've been baking and freezing and baking and freezing... I just made this and will make another batch tomorrow - so easy and really good. Great, clean apple taste and flavored the way you want it (I'm a clove fan!). Thanks so much.

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  8. Making it tomorrow. Couldn't resist. Thanks.

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  9. I am so going to try this, I haven't had apple butter since my grandmother passed away in 1998. I would only eat her homemade apple butter so I will be trying this. Thanks so much.

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  10. Making this right now! i can't wait!

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  11. Do you leave the crockpot lid on or off while cooking? Thanks!

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  12. This looks delicious! I am sure it will a perfect filling for cakes as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. This is a great recipe! My hubby and I just made it and now we are canning it!!

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  14. When canning it dies it stay longer than the 2 weeks she mentioned above?!

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  15. This looks great I will have to try it.

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  16. what a great blog!! def added it to my favs!! cant wait to try the recipies!! thanks! :-) keep up the good work!!

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  17. I used your recipe as a base for some apple butter today. I did 3/4 cup each of molasses and honey and then added 1/2 tsp nutmeg and cardamom...my house smells INSANE!!!! I'll let you know how it turns out!

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  18. I think I need to add this recipe to my must do list! It looks wonderful & easy. Yum!

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  19. You've got to get you an apple peeler corer gizmo from amazon. $16 free shipping if you have prime. It's the bomb and flys through prep. I'm trying ur recipe with less sugar. It looks fab. I've got apple freezer recipes on my site as well.

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  20. Could you can this apple butter in a water bath canner? Would you need to add any acid to it? All the apple butter recipes I have found for canning are for huge amounts but I only want to do a few, so this would be perfect.

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  21. BTW, you need not peel the apples, just blend them up before you put in the sugar etc. I use an immersion blender when I do apple butter.

    If this recipe is essentially the same as a larger apple butter recipe--or if you take that larger recipe and simply shrink it, you can can it. You can make any size batch of something to can (although bigger is usually not recommended, just smaller).

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  22. I want to make this recipe, but I don't have any cloves. Should I add something else like nutmeg? Any ideas? Thanks!

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  23. Oh my! The smell is amazing! Cant wait to taste it.

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  24. Another recipe had you set the lid on chopsticks or table knives for the last hour or so, so that more moisture can evaporate. My other recipe did not stay good very long in the fridge so I would definitely boiling water bath them. Times I see are varied so I'd do 15 for pints and 20 for quarts at sea level.

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  25. "made" it today -what a wonderful smell to come home to! I have 3 large containers in the fridge and can't wait to dig in tomorrow!

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  26. Amazing!! Just made it today with 3 different apple types and half cups of sugar. I turned the crock pot on high during the last half hour with the lid adjar, to thicken it up. Tastes and smells fabulous! Thanks so much for a great recipe! (BTW, I shared the recipe with several friends and they cooked it over the weekend and loved it!)

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  27. Very Yummy! I think I cooked mine too long because when it is cold it is more like jelly. Still very good! Thanks.

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  28. I would like to can the apple butter ... is there anything I need to add to the recipe to do that ... or can I just use it "as is"?

    tara :)

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    1. It should work just as is without adding anything. You will want to process the jars for 10 minutes if using pints or 15 minutes if using quarts. I hope you love the apple butter Tara!

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    2. What does processing the jars mean? I'm new to canning - have no idea what i"m doing but I want to be able to can my apple butter. Can you help me out?

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  29. Mine turned out DELICIOUS! I'm making my 3rd batch in less than 2 months now. My husband and kids LOVE this stuff!

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  30. This apple butter recipe is delicious, not to mention how good the house smells while it's cooking! Thank you so much!

    Connie

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  31. I loved this blog post and thank you so much for the recipe. I'm going to make some this weekend it sounds amazing.

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  32. Made it today and was scrumptious. I used my immersion blender before it was completely done and it smoothed it out nicely. Going to make some more for the freezer while it is apple season.

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  33. I made this recipe over the weekend. Actually I made two batches and the second one came out better because when I got to the part that says add the sugar and spices, after mixing them in I left the lid to the crock pot off so the mixture was able to thicken and "shrink" nicely whereby the first batch I'd left the lid on and noticed the steam was making juice pool at the top then finally I decided to remove the lid and it "shrunk" but I notice it's not as thick as the second batch and I used the exact same number of apples... No big deal, it still tastes out of this world! Thanks for the recipe. (going to surf the rest of your site for more!!)

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  34. I made your recipe today and it is wonderful! I skipped peeling the apples and used a food mill at the end. Thank you for posting!

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  35. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! It's delicious and very easy to do.

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  36. Thank you for this amazing recipe. My friend made a batch of it, and we used it in our Apple Butter-Flax Buttermilk Pancakes, with Cinnamon Infused Maple Syrup. I linked your recipe in the post as well. Thank you so much, love your blog!

    http://www.lifeinthesmellylane.com/2012/10/apple-butter-flax-buttermilk-pancakes.html

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  37. I'm going to make this in a few days for Christmas gifts...how many small jars did you fill? I am trying to plan ahead, I might need to double the recipe! Thanks!

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  39. As a bride to be wed this upcoming summer, I was thinking about making apple butter and throwing in them in 4oz jars as my wedding favors. Just wondering about what kind of quantity this recipe yields? In pints, quarts, whatever you used...

    I'm also curious if peeling the apples would be necessary. Instead, could you throw the butter in a blender or immersion blender after it's all done cooking to smooth it out? I just don't want to be surprised with completely different results. If you could follow up with me, I'd really appreciate it. I'd love to use your recipe for wedding gifters!

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  40. Thank you for recipe.Im going to try this soon.

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  41. Can the sugar be reduced? - mom is diabetic

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