I tried making apple butter last year, and it wasn't a pleasant experience. Think charred and blackened and stuck to sides of crock pot. You can read about it here if you wish. However, not one to be deterred (or a glutton for punishment, you choose) I decided to give it a try again. This time, however, success!! (Even though last year's batch was salvaged and ended up tasting incredible.) And truthfully, last year's actually is better than this one, but there was no burning involved with this one - so that's a definite plus!
This year, I followed this recipe for canning apple butter.
- All you have to do is fill your crock pot full of peeled, cored, and sliced apples.
In a bowl mix -
- 1-2 cups sugar (depending on how sweet the apples are that you are using - I used 1 cup)
- 1 tsp cinnamon *I used 2
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
Sprinkle this mixture over your apples. Cover and cook for 10 hours (I cooked mine on low.) Stir occasionally. Once the apples cook down and soften, you can use a whisk to stir and smooth it out. I let mine cook overnight, and in the morning I had a delicious smelling house, and warm apple butter all ready for canning. However, I got lazy and didn't process mine in a water bath, so I'm keeping them in the fridge. That's what happens when you have to get kids ready for school!
So what can you do with apple butter? Well, eat it, of course. On toast, biscuits, bagels, etc. Give it as gifts. Make Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving or make delicious baked donuts - which I will be sharing tomorrow! They were SO good!