Slow-cooker Apple Butter

In my plum cake post I talked about the plums my grandmother gave me. Well, the same day she gave me a dozen apples. I knew I needed to make something with the apples to use them up before they went bad. Enter: Apple Butter

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

I started by gathering my supplies: washed apples, bowl for peels, peeler. And found a comfortable place with a nice view: my porch at my outdoor table.

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

It took about an hour to peel all the apples… (Julia Child never had this kind of problem peeling apples… then again Julia Child probably had an apple peeler)

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

I turned it into a bit of a game; here’s my longest peel (the whole apple without breaking) I am an apple peeling champ!

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter


Then I cored and cubed the apples and added them to the crock-pot and gathered the remaining ingredients.

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter
Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

Next, I added 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon allspice (next time I will probably use less sugar because it turned out very sweet since the apples add their own sweetness).

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter
Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

Then I left it for 10 hours and checked it.

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

It was still pretty liquid-y so I gave it a couple (2) more hours until it was mostly all evaporated. I put it all in the blender to blend it smooth.

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

And poured it into jars… I froze the little one and left the big one in the fridge.

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter


It tastes wonderful by the spoonful but a few suggestions: added to plain yogurt and mixed with granola, mixed with boiling water for apple cider or spread on toast.

Maggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple ButterMaggie's Mind Mumbles//: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

You can make most fruit butters this way. I’d like to try pumpkin butter this fall.

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How have you used apple butter? What other fruit butters have you tried?

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