So this is an old favorite and one that I definitely plan on putting to good use after some apple picking this fall. I’m so excited that its so easy which is how I like it, especially with a toddler underfoot. There are lots of recipes for this floating around but I like it stick to the basics. You basically heap your crockpot full with peeled, cored and sliced apples — around 3-4 pounds, add about 4 cups of sugar – I like to use organic — but this could really be replaced with any form of sugar substitute that you prefer or have on hand. Then 4-5 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 teas cloves, 1/4 teas nutmeg, 1/4 teas allspice and 1/4 teas salt.
I really like my apple butter to have some spice to it so I give the cinnamon a good shake, and throw in the other spices for good measure, but you can always dial it back if you like it a little blander. Or just stick with cinnamon if you want it a little purer. Then you turn it on high for 1-2 hours to really get things going…
After that turn it on low and leave it for 6-8 hours. Basically, do all the prep before you go to bed and turn it on low right before you head to sleep. In the morning, it will have broken down into deliciousness and as a side benefit your house will smell amazing and you’ll have something to put on your toast!!!
If it is not blended down quite the way you want, a few passes with the immersion or hand blender should get it to the right consistency and then just can them according to the same process I explained with the pear chutney. Enjoy!!