I don't know how this post got away from me. I found it drafted way back in my post section. This recipe is so awesome that it has to be posted so here we go. To me nothing is more soothing then homemade canned items jams, jellies and Homemade Apple Butter. Life doesn't get much better than that.
Don't be fooled by store-bought apple butter, I mean its OK if you can't make it yourself or if you are in a pinch. This recipe for Apple Butter is slap you in your face easy there is really no excuse not to make it. Everyone thinks it is so hard to make Apple Butter, well long ago it used to be hard work.
Apple Butter was prepared in a large pot or kettle and you would have to sit and baby it stirring and stirring and stirring, heck who has all that time to do that. Well that was before they invented the Crock pot which is one of my dearest friends who visits my house on a occasion or two or three!!!
The crock pot does all the work for you + while you sleep it doesn't get much better than that. When morning rolls around you will smell all that wonderful goodness as soon as you walk in the kitchen. The hardest part of the whole recipe is waiting to get that first taste. The first bite is so divine slop it on some hot biscuits and you are good to go. It is also wonderful on toast or scones. Whatever you serve apple butter with this recipe is sure to be a hit.
I know that for a fact..... one because I made it and it turned out so wonderful and two because I got the recipe from Christy at Southern Plate, so trust me it is definitely good. Go on and give it a try in the crock pot, no more old school style it really is a toss it and forget it kind of recipe. I love canning jams, jellies and preserves what are your favorite things to can?
These are the ingredients you will need: Applesauce, Granny Smith Apples, Sugar, Apple Cider or Apple Juice, Cinnamon, Cloves and Allspice and a little bit of patience.
peel and slice apples in to little chips this is so they cook down easier. Then add to the crock pot.
stir to blend all the ingredients together. Turn crock pot to low cover and cook for 8-10 hours
Remove cover, stir and taste. Add more spices or sugar if desired. Remove the lid and change the temperature to high continue cooking for about 4 more hours, uncovered, until some of the liquid is gone and the apple butter has cooked down a bit. Rule of thumb a wooden spoon should be able to stand upright when you place it in the apple butter.
Pour into hot sterilized jars and refrigerate or process in hot water bath to seal jars. Process pints for 10-15 minutes and half pints for 5-10 minutes. Remove from hot water bath and place on a dishcloth and let sit overnight to make sure jars have sealed properly. If the jars have not sealed, which is rare you can reprocess or place in the refrigerator.
Serve on hot biscuits, toast or scones whatever you heart desires.
Crock Pot Apple Butter
1- 48 - 50 oz jar unsweetened or cinnamon apple sauce
3 - lbs granny smith apples, diced
4 - cups sugar
1 - cup juice or apple cider
2 - teaspoons cinnamon
1 - teaspoons cloves
1 - teaspoon 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).
In the morning remove cover, stir and taste. Add more spices or sugar if desired. Remove the lid and change the temperature to high continue cooking for about 4 more hours, uncovered, until some of the liquid is gone and the apple butter has cooked down.
Rule of thumb a wooden spoon should be able to stand upright when you place it in the apple butter. Pour into jars and refrigerate or process in a hot water bath. Serve over hot biscuits, toast, scones.
Process half pints for 5 minutes and pints for 10 minutes. The time starts once the water comes to a boil.
Click on the peach preserve link below for canning tips.