Dec 21, 2011
Apple butter is one of the most delicious spreads that I have ever tasted. It's smooth, rich, sweet, tart, and so very versatile. Simply add it to some toast, swirl it into oatmeal, top a muffin with a bit, or even eat it with a spoon. :)
I made a batch of this to share with my family and the greedy side of me kind of wished that I hadn't given it all away. I suppose that's just more reason to make some more.
This recipe is very straightforward and very simple. I made it in my slow-cooker using Granny Smith apple, but I'm sure you could make it on the stove top using the same recipe and other varieties of apples would work just fine. If you don't have an immersion blender, use a regular blender and work (carefully) in batches to reach a smooth consistency.
6 apples, Granny Smith or other variety
1 ½ cups apple cider (or apple juice)
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
¼ tsp. allspice
¼ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. salt
1. Peel, core, and dice apples and then add to slow cooker. Pour in cider/juice, sugar, and spices.
2. Cook on high until bubbly and then reduce heat to low and cook 6-8 hours, stirring every hour. When done, the apple butter will have thickened and be a deep brown color. 3. For a smooth texture, use an immersion blender to break down any remaining chunks of apple.
4. Store in refrigerator for up to 1 month.
from Bakin' On The Side, originally from Eclectic Recipes