Crock-pot Caramel Apple-pear Butter-or Just Apple Recipe

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Crock-pot Caramel Apple-Pear Butter-or Just Apple

Carolyn Haas


I usually make a lot of apple sauce and apple butter. Last couple years have not yielded a very good apple crop for us. My daughter has 2 pear trees in her backyard and has had bumper pear crops, so I've combined the 2 fruits for this ap'pear butter! I just got canned a batch that had been in the crockpot for 24 hours!

NOTE: Alternate method with fewer ingredients: Processed cooked apples through food mill to make approx. 2 1/2 quarts applesauce. Combined that with 1 cup brown sugar, 1 TB cider vinegar, 1 tsp. cinnamon in slow-cooker. Very caramel-y flavor. Made 11 half-pints.

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1 Hr 30 Min
24 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


5 lb
pears - ripe or nearly ripe (no pears? use double the apples!)
5 lb
apples (i use paula red)
4 Tbsp
lemon juice, bottled
1/2 c
apple juice
1 c
brown sugar (add more for a sweeter taste - this amount will make a somewhat tart butter)
2 Tbsp
cider vinegar
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
1/4 tsp
ground cloves


1Rinse fruit. Cut in fourths, cutting out any bad spots. Put half of the fruit in a pot with half of the apple juice, half of the lemon juice and half of vinegar. Simmer until fruit is easily pierced with fork. (If it's too mushy, that's ok).
2Let cool a bit, run through food mill.
Repeat with other half of fruit and juices.
3Put into crockpot. Add spices and sugar. Cook on low overnight or until a spoonful put onto a cool plate mounds without a lot of liquid running out of the sides. Stir every once in a while -especially right before you go to bed and as soon as you get up! If you don't sleep well, give a stir during the night, too!
4NOTE: amount of fruit is approximate. Go easy on sugar, vinegar and spices if you don't have quite enough. My last batch was closer to 8 pounds before cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fruit Sauces
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American