Although most people will agree that apple butter seems to be a perfect fall recipe, for me it is the perfect anytime recipe when organic apples are on sale. I can’t resist homemade apple sauce or apple butter, and this past weekend I gathered a couple varieties of apples from the store that were really ripe, which they were “clearancing” out.
Apple butter isn’t just for bread… It’s great with pork. Especially for breakfast accompanying pork sausage. Tonight we are going to be cooking pork belly and the apple butter will be it’s accompaniment. This recipe makes several jars, so it’s great to give as gifts too. And with such little added sugar, it’s not overwhelmingly sweet or offensive.
Just another great crockpot recipe that you can set and forget. I use a variety of apples so it will be more flavorful. I don’t recommend using green apples unless you prefer your butter to be more on the tart side. Our dogs love when I make apple butter or applesauce because they know they’ll be getting some of the peels. The other portion of peels and cores go to our worm composter..
- 15 apples (or however many your crockpot will hold – mine caps off at 15)
- 1/4 cup honey (remember, the darker, the higher in nutrition)
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
THE HOW TO:
- Peel and core apples and cut up into chunks. Place in crockpot. Throw peels and cores to your dog.
- Distribute the rest of the ingredients onto the tops of the apples in the crockpot. Don’t worry about mixing it all up yet. As the apples heat up and soften, you can begin mixing and mashing everything.
- Set the crockpot on low for 8 hours.
- At about 6 hours, mash the apples (I use a potato masher), inside the pot.
- Once they are finished, at 8 hours, throw everything in the food processor and process for a couple minutes until it is smooth.
- Let cool in jars and store in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
You’ll be tempted to eat this stuff by the spoonful but be careful. It is still high in natural sugars.