I was in Tennessee for business and ran across an apple farm near Pikeville. Went in and had lunch in their restaurant and grabbed a peck of Shizuka apples. They are a green apple with a hint of pear and sweetness about them. They made a wonderful apple butter. I cannot wait to get back to that part of Tennessee and, hopefully, snag some more of their wonderful apples. I imagine just about any apple will do. This batch turned out wonderfully. A merger of two or three recipes with a few additions of my own. My family loves it and my friends are begging for some. Have to make more.
Wash, peel and core apples. I used a peck, which contained about 10 pounds. I used Shizuka apples, which had a slight pear taste to them. Dice them.
Mix the dry ingredients (sugars and seasonings) in a bowl.
Layer the apples and seasoning in your crock pot. Fill to the top, they will cook down. (OK sorry - it all has to go here - the site will not let me add another step). Let cook for about 10 - 12 hours (depends on your crock pot). Stir occasionally. When done and a deep brown, use an immersion blender or a mixer to blend. Add in the liquid seasonings (balsamic, vanilla and butter). Let it cook about 2 to 3 hours with the lid off. (Until it reaches your desired consistency). I ladeled into half pint jars (9 total) and 1 quart jar. I hot water processed them at a low boil for about 15 minutes. All sealed perfectly. The apple butter is divine. I am going to have to make another batch. These 9 jars are going fast.