How to Make Apple Butter
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From time to time I run across a person who has never heard of apple butter. When I am finished gasping in horror at the wasted life they have led up until that point, I make it my first order of business to slather some on a biscuit like my spoon rolls and get it to their mouth as soon as possible.
Apple Butter Recipe Is So Easy To Make
Apple butter is surprisingly easy to make, especially with the help of a crock pot. Still, folks seem to be intimidated by it. Perhaps it’s the complex taste of the spices combined with how few people actually do make it anymore which causes it to be shied away from in our kitchens. There is no need though as this apple butter recipe is likely one of the easiest things that I’ve brought you so far!
Fill Your House With Sensational Scents
I like to put my apple butter on to cook in the slow cooker just before I go to bed and let it cook all night long. When I wake up in the morning, the house is filled with the most delicious and fragrant smell that I often reserve making it for a time when we have company! I wake up first thing, take the lid off, and give it a few fans just to make sure the house is thoroughly saturated with apple butter smell We eat a breakfast of biscuits and fresh, hot apple butter while I let the rest continue to cook. This is about as close to heaven as you can possibly get while still drawing breath.
Your Apple Butter Recipe Ingredients Are
- Two large jars of unsweetened applesauce (three pounds or fifty ounces)
- 3 lbs granny smith apples
- Apple juice
Exact recipe is at bottom of page.
- “Chip” your apples like we did in the apple pie (If you have not read the apple pie tutorial, you now have your first official homework assignment). Do this by peeling them and cutting little chips of them off.
- Place in large crock pot along with both jars of apple sauce, sugar, spices, and a bit of apple juice (exact quantities at the bottom).
If you feel like it is too much sugar for you or too much cloves or allspice, just do a little less. The beauty of this recipe is that you cook it all night in the crock pot, then taste it in the morning and add what you prefer to make it to your taste. You can also use Stevia or Monk Fruit instead of sugar if you like, but it will require much less as these sweeteners are a lot sweeter than sugar.
- Stir well and cover with lid. Cook on low overnight, eight to ten hours.
- After cooking over night or through the day, your apple butter will be dark brown and rich. But it will have a bit too much water in it. This is where you will taste it and see what you want to add. I am including the exact quantities I use at the bottom of this crock pot apple butter recipe.
- Leave the lid off and continue cooking for a few hours until it cooks down a little bit. “Cooks down” is how old folks say “its too runny, you need some of that water gone!”.
- After it cooks down a bit, fill up pint or quart jars and seal. If you go through the process of canning this crock pot apple butter, you can simply leave the jars on a shelf in your pantry. Otherwise you would need to refrigerate them and use within two to three weeks.
You can also place in jars and freeze to keep it longer without having to can it. For a complete tutorial that makes canning easy, please click here (yes, I said “EASY” because it is!).
To enjoy on a scrumptious light biscuit click HERE for my spoon roll recipe
- 2- 3 lb 50 oz jars unsweetened apple sauce
- 3 lbs granny smith apples
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups apple juice
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 1 tsp allspice
- Peel and cut apples into small chips. Place all ingredients in the crock pot and stir.
- Cover and cook on low overnight (eight to ten hours). Remove cover, stir and taste. Add more spices or sugar if desired.
- Continue cooking for a few more hours, uncovered, until some of the liquid has gone and butter has cooked down a bit.
- Pour into jars and refrigerate (unless it is canned properly).
- Serve over hot biscuits, toast, scones, or just eat it out of the jar if no one is looking!
For instructions on how easy it is to can this apple butter, please click here.
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