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Apple Butter From Scratch

September 22, 2010

I’ve had quite a few friends lately ask me for advice on what they should make with all of the apples they have on hand from apple picking.  After I suggested apple butter for the third time in one day, I realized that I actually really wanted apple butter, and should just go ahead and make some for myself.

We didn’t have a ton of apples on hand, but thankfully Costco did.  Actually, Solomon and I have never gone apple picking together, and even though he has lived in New England his whole life, he has never been apple picking!  Yes, we do need to change that!

While the idea of apple butter may seem a little daunting, with some help from my BFF the crockpot, it was really easy, even though it was time consuming!

Here’s what you need (From Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook):

  • 5 lbs. tart cooking apples (I used Pink Lady and Granny Smith), or enough to fill your crockpot
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • pinch of salt

First, you want to spray your crockpot with some nonstick spray.  Cut and core your apples, but leave the peel on.  I just used my apple cutter and figured that even though they were fairly large pieces, it was no biggie.

Picture 186 As you load the apples into the crockpot, layer them with the sugar.  There isn’t a right or wrong amount or method here.

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Cover and let these sit at room temperature all day.  The apples end up exuding some of their own juices and collapse a bit.  If you want to skip this step, you could pour 1 cup of apple juice or cider in with the apples and sugar.

Picture 193 Now, add the spices and the salt, and toss with the apples using a wooden spoon.  Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours (I left it overnight).  Remove the lid and let it cook an additional 2-8 hours on low to thicken.

Turn off the crockpot and let it come to room temperature.  Transfer in batches to a blender or food processor, or use an immersion blender in the crock to puree and make it all smooth.

Picture 195This will keep in the fridge for about 2 months.  I love it in oatmeal, or spread on toast with a little cheese.  I also have big panini plans involving brie and a crusty bread.  It should rock.

Picture 205 Picture 210What’s especially great about making a crapload of apple butter is how easy it becomes to share!  People really enjoy fruit butters, but they can usually be such a pain to make.  This one is easy to make, and easy to enjoy!

Are you a fruit butter fan?  What’s your favorite flavor?  Have you ever made it from scratch?

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2010 11:39 am

    Thank you for sharing this! I love apple butter, too!

  2. Robin permalink
    September 22, 2010 11:44 am

    This sounds amazing and like my kind of cooking! Thanks Morgan!

  3. September 22, 2010 12:37 pm

    I’ve only ever had storebought apple butter. I bet that is so much better!
    Cherry butter is one of my favorites

  4. September 22, 2010 12:43 pm

    Hi Morgan. I just found your blog and I love this recipe and can’t wait to try it. I also just read your post about “why blog” and LOVED it. I am a brand new blogger and started doing it because I wanted to document this time in my life (and hold myself accountable) but sometimes I feel like I am doing something wrong because I am not promoting products or posting a million times a day. Thank you for calling it like you see it 🙂

  5. September 22, 2010 2:55 pm

    my husband is obsessed with apple butter. I should try this recipe for him!

  6. Amy permalink
    September 22, 2010 6:10 pm

    I’ve been planning to make apple butter for a week now! I made it using Chinese 5 Spice before, and that’s yummy!

    As soon as I get some more lids (I can the end result), I’m making some 🙂

  7. September 22, 2010 7:09 pm

    I loooooove apple butter!! And pumpkin butter!! I’ve never made my own though. Thanks so much for this recipe. I bet your kitchen smells AMAZING while it’s cooking!! 🙂

  8. greensandjeans permalink
    September 23, 2010 1:27 am

    I have never made any butters from scratch but this sounds SO good and easy!

  9. September 23, 2010 3:03 pm

    Oh fantastic! I need to make some now. We just did chips and salsa from scratch.

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