Homemade Apple Butter


Gail Herbest Recipe

By Gail Herbest Gaillee


Rating:
Serves:
makes approx six cups
Prep:
30 Min
Cook:
12 Hr
Method:
Slow-Cooker/Crock Pot
Comments:

This is made in a Crock pot, it takes about 12 hours so I prepare it in the evening and by morning it's done, It is well worth the wait.There is nothing like homemade!

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
The taste of this spicy-sweet butter brings back so many childhood memories of eating apple butter with my cousins, the Daileys. As a team we would go through what seemed like gallons of the stuff in less than a week. I hope you love this as much as I do.

Ingredients

5 1/2 lb
apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 c
white sugar
1/2 c
brown sugar
2 tsp
cinnamon
2 tsp
vanilla --- optional
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
1/4 tsp
salt

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Place the chopped apples in the crock pot and add the rest of the ingredients, stir to blend well.
2
cover and cook on high for one hour
3
reduce heat to low and cook 10-11 hours, stir occasionally. Until mixture is thickened and dark brown.
4
Uncover and continue cooking on low for 1 hour.
Stir with whisk if desired to increase the smoothness
5
Spoon mixture into clean freezer containers, cover and refrigerate or freeze
6
**** You can add more sugar (up to 4 cups) but I like mine just a little tart but still sweet. I don't think I would ever use more than 2 cups even if the Apples are tart.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Spreads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy


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253 Comments

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Zelda Hopkins Zelda51
Aug 21, 2015
This is worth a try. Pinched
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Jessica K 5Kids1Mom
Apr 17, 2015
Hi Gail!

Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe! I live overseas in Germany and it's been years since I've had apple butter. This was the first recipe I tried out on my new crock pot and it came out WONDERFUL! The only change I made was with the brown sugar. Germany has brown sugar but it's texture is like that of regular white sugar, and not nearly as tasty. So I improvised and added the 1/2 cup of white sugar + 2 tablespoons of molasses. Oh and I didn't have ground cloves so I used 1 teaspoon of whole cloves and just picked them out later. It came out so delicious and the family loved it. Thanks again!
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Gail GailwillardCope Gail_GailwillardCope
Feb 28, 2015
I use McIntosh or Cortland Apple's. I get excellent results with both.
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Jessica K 5Kids1Mom
Feb 28, 2015
Hi Gail...

So I am a first-time crock pot user today, and your Apple Butter is what I am trying out first. I live in Germany and they don't sell brown sugar like they do in the States so I had to make my own, a mixture of molassas to sugar, so it might change the taste a bit. We'll see how it turns out!