Monday, November 14, 2011

Crock Pot Apple Butter

One of my newest distractions has been Pinterest!  You will often find me surfing Pinterest and pinning in the wee hours of the morning, while sipping on my coffee trying to energize my brain to start my day.

Since I still have some apples left from our own personal harvest, I stumbled onto a recipe on Pinterest for Apple Butter made in the crock pot.   I thought why not gave it a try.  
The recipe was extremely easy.  
It took very little effort.
My house smelt fabulous while this batch was cooking.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Yield: 4 pints
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours

Ingredients:

6 1/2 pounds apples - peeled, cored and sliced
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Place the apples in a slow cooker. In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves and salt. Pour the mixture over the apples and mix well.
2. Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
3. Uncover, stir in vanilla and continue cooking uncovered on low for about 2 hours.
4. Use an immersion blender to puree the apple butter until smooth.
5. Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate for up to two weeks or freeze.
6. Serve on breads, muffins, pork chops or just eat it with a spoon.

The end result was 6 pints of yummy apple butter!  Go ahead give it a try!  You won't be sorry! I will definitely be making this recipe in the future. 

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