I’ll be honest, until a couple weeks ago I didn’t know Apple Butter was a thing… #sheltered !! Then it came up in conversation and a few days later a friend posted on their Instagram about making Apple Butter and I realized I had a whole basket of apples from my sister-in-laws trees that I still hadn’t used up!
I searched trusty ol’ Pinterest and read a few different recipes, contacted the friend that had posted about it and just decided to make up my own recipe. So here’s my version, and while I have absolutely nothing to compare it to, I think it turned out pretty darn good!
- 15-18 apples cored and sliced (I left the skins on mine)
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp raw honey amount may vary based on tartness of apples
Add your sliced apples to your slow cooker with ¼ cup water. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for four hours, stirring occasionally.
Turn off the heat and using a potato masher or wooden spoon, mash the apples into a thick, chunky applesauce. Let it cool slightly.
Now to blend the applesauce, if you have a fancy immersion blender you can probably do this all in one batch. However, I just used my regular old kitchen blender and blended two smaller batches for about a minute each. You may need to leave an air hole at the top to let out the steam but be careful the mixture is still very hot!
Pour the blended applesauce back into the slow cooker and cook uncovered for another 1-2 hours, or until you reach your desired darkness and thickness.
When you've achieved your desired thickness, stir in the cinnamon and honey.
Store in sealed jars or containers in the refrigerator. Enjoy on toast or biscuits, stirred in your morning yogurt or just as a sweet treat!
*Note your yield may differ depending on how long you allow the mixture to cook down in the final cooking stage.
**Also the amount of honey you wish to use may vary depend on how tart your apples are.