Jackie suggested selecting your favorite apples and using more than one variety for the best flavor. I used all Fuji and was very pleased with the results! Most anyone who likes apple butter will love this amazing homemade recipe...store bought just does not compare to it!
She advised that the yield was 3 to 4 half pints, but I actually got 5 half pints! I guess there could be a number of variables on the yield...perhaps the variety of apples you use, how thin your peel or how thorough you core your apples, or how long you cook them?
I'll be sure to double the recipe the next time in my larger slow cooker, so I'll have plenty for friends, family and me!
Autumn and Apples...
And Apple Butter!
As adapted from Syrup and Biscuits Slow Cooker Apple Butter
Yields approx. 4 to 5 c. (or 4 to 5 half pints)
- 6 - 6 1/2 lbs. of your favorite apples (I used 6 lbs. of Fuji), cleaned, peeled, cored and cut into about 1/2" slices
- 2 c. packed brown sugar, dark or light (I used light)
- 1 TB ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3/4 tsp. pure lemon extract
- Place the apple slices into a 5 qt. slow cooker (fills completely). Break up the brown sugar with a fork, and cover the apples with the sugar. Sprinkle the cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt on top of the sugar.
- Place the cover on the slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hr.
- Remove the cover and stir well, preferably with a long-handled wooden spoon. Replace the cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 hrs...I cooked 11 hrs.
- Return the slow cooker to high, then remove the cover and mix well. Recover and continue cooking on high until the apples are easily mashed with a fork (about 45 minutes). Uncover and cook an additional 15 minutes on high.
- Remove the pot from the slow cooker and slightly cool the mixture, then puree with an immersion blender or food processor. I prefer leaving some texture with bits of apple in the puree.
- Blend in the extracts, and pour into containers.
Slather it on your toasts, biscuits, bagels, English muffins, crumpets, or as my brother does for his grandchildren...on your pancakes! Oh, and on toasted pound cake...yum! How do you enjoy your apple butter?