So what’s not to love about apple butter, it will have your house smelling like Fall. Also makes great gift for the holidays or something to add to party gift bags!
Apple butter is basically super concentrated, super smooth applesauce. It’s cooked for longer, which gives it that caramelized color and rich apple flavor, but the ingredients are nearly identical.
Apple butter is not only perfect on your morning toast or served on hot buttered biscuits, you can even bake with it.
Softer varieties of apples such as Fuji, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, or Jonagold work better for Apple Butter since they cook down faster.
I prefer to use a mix of Granny Smith, Fuji and Honeycrisp in my apple butter, and even the crisper varieties broke down well for a smooth apple butter.
6 1/2 pounds apples – peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well.
Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours.
Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until smooth.
Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze.