Friday, November 16, 2012

Crock Pot Apple Butter

One of my absolute favorite things in the world is apple butter. Usually we make a trip to the NC mountains in the fall to take in the fall leaves, breathe some mountain air, and buy some mountain apples and apple butter. This year however, we weren’t able to make the trip. With our weekends slammed full, I was missing my little mason jar full of apple butter goodness. So I was super excited to find a recipe for crock pot apple butter on Pinterest. After google-ing and researching several different recipes, I came up with my own. It was incredibly easy, and SO delicious.

I used a variety of McIntosh, Granny Smith, and Honey Crisp apples, probably about 12 total. Peeled, cored, and diced the apples. In the beginning I was literally, peeling, coring, and dicing…and then by then end I got lazy and it turned into more of just coring and slicing (As you can see in the two bottom pictures).  In hindsight I would have kept peeling and dicing, but it really works either way.

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I put all the apples into the crock pot, and then added brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I let them cook in the crock pot on high for four hours. A lot of the recipes online said to cook them overnight, but I had to be up at 5am the next morning for work and wasn’t about to wake up earlier for these apples, so four hours it was. You could cook them all day if you wanted to.

When they were nice and and soft, I took them out of the crock pot and put them in a huge mixing bowl, where I used my immersion blender to puree them into a very smooth consistency. You can add more sugar or spices to taste once it is finished. It made a lot more than I thought it would, and so it wouldn’t go bad I decided to can it. I had four pint sized mason jars that I used to can the apple butter. I took left over fabric and some twine, and plan on giving them to our parents on Thanksgiving.

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Ingredients:

Approx 12 apples, any variety.

1/4 c brown sugar

cinnamon and nutmeg to taste

 

Combine in crock pot, cook on high for 4-6 hours, blend until smooth, and enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow, that looks and sounds amazing!! Will have to remember this for next apple season :)

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