One of my favorite Fall indulgences is apple butter. Not the thin, watery commercial stuff but the thick, spicy kind that you make at home. My grandmother used to make hers in a roasting pan in the oven, but the crock pot has changed modern day apple butter production.
The crock pot allows you to assemble your apple butter and forget about it for 12 hours. You can start it before you go to bed, or before you go to work. Almost any apple variety will work for this recipe although you may have to adjust the sugar accordingly.
Assistant Market Manager Sue Poff’s Recipe for Crock Pot Apple Butter
5-6 lbs of apples, peeled and sliced (Jonagold's, Gravenstein, Honeycrisp, etc)
2 cups apple cider
¼ t. cloves
a pinch of salt
1. Combine ingredients and cook on high for 1 hour.
2. Turn crockpot to low for the next 10-12 hours.
3. Take off lid, add sugar (2-3 cups depending on the apples)
4. Cook 1 more hour stirring often with the lid off.
If you do not have the time to make apple butter, never fear, Grandma Candy will make it for you! Grandma Candy is Candy Falk of Country Charm Acres. She lovingly stirs every batch of Grandma Candy’s Jams herself. I have to resist the urge to eat her apple butter by the spoonful, opting instead to use it on whole grain toast alongside a hot cup of coffee.
Grandma Candy uses only apples, white grape juice concentrate, cinnamon, cloves and lemon peel in her recipe. She never uses any preservatives or artificial ingredients. You can find her booth, full of homemade jellies and jams (and apple butter) at the market on Saturdays!