I love fall. I love fall fashion, I love fall weather, I love fall sights and smells. More importantly, I love fall food. Obviously, that means apples. So I decided to try my hand at apple butter this year and made my first batch in the slow cooker today! I halved the recipe I found because I wasn’t sure how it would turn out and more importantly, I’m not sure how many people in the house will be eating any! I don’t can (yet!) and I didn’t want to be stuck with too much or risk it going bad! I ended up with a little under 2 cups of the stuff and it’s absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to eat it on toast, or use it in that awesome pork chop recipe I’ve posted before. That is, if I don’t eat it up by the spoonful first.
Slow Cooker Apple Butter
2 quarts (about 8 cups) apples, chopped (I used MacIntosh since they were the only ones on sale!)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
A dash of salt
1 tbsp lemon juice
Place the apples in the slow cooker. Toss to coat with the lemon juice.
Sprinkle the rest of the ingredients over the apples and stir well.
Cook on high for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Reduce setting to low and cook for another 7-9 hours.
If you like a thick apple butter, remove the lid and cook on high for another hour or so to allow the extra liquid to evaporate.