Have I convinced you yet?
Homemade apple butter always seemed complicated until my mom discovered this crockpot method.
Peel and chop enough apples to fill your crockpot. Cook on low for 8 hours. Add vanilla extract and brown sugar (or maple syrup for no-sugar peeps) and let it cook some more. The result is a thick apple spread with intense flavor.
Now, I have no excuse not to have copious amounts of this versatile condiment in my refrigerator. Now, please excuse me while I dip my finger in the jar…
Crockpot Apple Butter
Four simple ingredients transform into an intensely flavorful condiment you’ll want to have all year around. Use maple syrup or honey for a spread with no refined sugar.
- 10-15 apples (Amount depends on the size of your crockpot. Use a variety. I like a mix of Golden Delicious, Fuji, and Braeburn.)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or 1/2 cup brown sugar
- Peel and core apples.
- Chop each apple into 8 pieces.
- Fill your crockpot to the brim with apple pieces. My 6-quart crockpot holds 12ish medium apples.
- Turn crockpot on low and cook for 8 hours. I let mine cook overnight.
- When you wake up, give the apples (now brown) a stir. Add vanilla, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Mix to combine.
- Let the apple mixture cook, uncovered, in the crockpot until it has reduced to your desired thickness. Mine usually takes a couple more hours.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge or can it for later consumption.
2 thoughts on “Crockpot Apple Butter”
This sounds delicious! (And easy!) I don’t have a crockpot, but my family has an Aga, which specialises in long, slow cooking. This sounds SO yummy that I think an apple butter experiment is called for … :)
It is so delicious, Elisabeth! You can vary the amount of sugar you add to taste. We keep decreasing it every time we make it. I’ve never heard of an Aga – I’ll have to check that out!