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Crockpot Apple Butter

Posted on October 21, 2009 by crankycheryl

I don’t know what’s happening here, but I know that I’ve got far too much to do and far too many apples that have been sitting around here since I picked them (more like “picked them up off the ground”) on Saturday.  They’re starting to look kind of surly and impatient.

I’m so busy right now, working here and here and on this.  Work is good!  But it’s cutting into my cooking and blogging time, for sure.

Still, I found myself with the time to make some apple butter, and the time to at least plan to make some chunky apple-raisin-spice jam.  Or more apple butter.  Or compost, at the rate this is going.

In any case, if you find yourself with a wild herd of apples looking accusingly at you, may I suggest getting out or borrowing a crockpot and making yourself some delicious apple butter?  It’s easy, and a comforting balm for these overworked days.

The recipe is simple.

Get a boatload of apples.

applepicking 008

Peel and cut a bunch of apples.   If you have a good peeler/corer/slicer, go ahead and use it.  (Maybe you’ll have results better than mine.)  If you have a crappy one, why not just skip it and use the usual implements like these?

apple butter 2 004

Peel and cut until your crockpot is full.  Maybe a little less full than this:

apple butter 2 001

Put the lid on and turn the heat up to high.  Let it cook for 8 hours, maybe while you sleep.  But if you actually get 8 hours of sleep a night, don’t boast about it, okay?

In the morning, or after whichever 8 hours you choose, your apples will have cooked down to something like this:

apple butter 2 008Mash it all up with a wooden spoon, add 1 – 3 cups of sugar, and a 1/2 t. of whatever spices you like, maybe some cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, the usual.  Turn the heat down to low and cook for another 8 hours.  When it’s done, it will be a thick brown fudgy goo, looking maybe chocolate-y.  It’s not chocolate, but it will make people make yummy sounds and start going through your cupboards for a container to take some home in.

To eat it, just spread it on some good bread and enjoy.

apple butter on bread 002

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  • danielle

    picturing a wild herd of apples looking accusingly at me makes me happy

  • I was just thinking that I need to get moving on my apple butter this year, and here is another reminder! What kind of apples do you like to use?


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