Sunday, September 29, 2013

Crock Pot Love: Easy Apple Butter

I admit it- I love my crock pot. Dump in ingredients and hours later, magic happens!

Here is an awesome small batch fall recipe that will be a show stopper at any brunch, and is super simple to make.

You will need:


3 1/2 pounds apples (peeled, cored and chopped) I used a mixture of tart and sweet apples.
Lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
2-3 half pint mason jars with lids

1. Mix the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a medium sized crock pot.

2. Spray the apples lightly with lemon juice, then dump into crock pot and stir until well coated.

3. Cook on low for 10 hours. Apples will be thick and dark. Add vanilla.

4. Uncover crock pot and cook for 2 more hours, stirring frequently, on low heat.

5. Once to desired thickness, use an immersion blender and puree to a smooth consistency.

6. Using a wide mouth funnel, spoon apple butter into half pint mason jars, and close finger tight.

7. Refrigerate for 2 weeks, or freeze to store.


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