All-Day Apple Butter
From Syracuse, Nebraska, Betty Ruenholl writes, 'I make several batches of this simple and delicious apple butter to freeze in jars. Depending on the sweetness of the apples used, you can adjust the sugar to taste.'
From Syracuse, Nebraska, Betty Ruenholl writes, 'I make several batches of this simple and delicious apple butter to freeze in jars. Depending on the sweetness of the apples used, you can adjust the sugar to taste.'
Easy and tasty. My husband is very picky about his apple butter and this was a hit. Warning: I made it according to the recipe and it was TOO sweet so I doubled the apples and it was perfect. Either double your apples or 1/2 the sugar called for.Read More
Easy and tasty. My husband is very picky about his apple butter and this was a hit. Warning: I made it according to the recipe and it was TOO sweet so I doubled the apples and it was perfect. Either double your apples or 1/2 the sugar called for.
I made this on the advice of a very good cook and I'm so glad I did! What a fantastic, easy method. I had 4 apples (1 3/4 lb.) so I scaled the recipe down to 20 servings. I started this in my crock pot at 12:30 one day and 10 hours later it didn't look cooked down enough so I just let it go overnight. In the morning it was beautifully cooked down and nicely browned. Although the apples were very soft they still retained their shape so I used my hand mixer to get them to a nice spreading consistency. My youngest son woke up and told me our house smelled like Christmas :) The kids are loving this on toasted bread but I plan to use it in the many recipes available on this site that include apple butter as an ingredient. Thanks so much for this submission.
I am so glad I tried this recipe. I followed another reviewers advice and just used 4 apples and cut the serving size down to 20. This made enough to fill a container for just my husband and I. I do think that this would make a good Christmas gift like other reviewers stated. I didn't use cloves because I didn't have any on hand and I'm not really a clove person. I added a little more cinnamon though and vanilla. Next time I make this I am going to add more apples and less sugar. I'd also like to try it with half brown sugar. However, this is probably just personal preference. I don't have a huge sweet tooth. This was delicious though. I started it about 8pm and let it cook overnight. This morning I woke up and used my hand blender to blend it a bit and had it on a piece of toast on the way to work. Wonderful!
I had almost exactly 1 and 3/4 lb apples so I made the recipe for 20 servings. I used 1 cup splenda and 1/4 cup brown sugar, rather than the suggsted 1 and 1/4 cup sugar and this is the best thing I've ever eaten in my life! I've had toast and apple butter for evry meal since it finished. And hot, over vanilla ice cream is sooooo GOOD! If there were more than five stars, this recipe would get them all!
I made this last year and gave it as Christmas gifts. I had so many compliments and requests for more. I did add extra spices - i like my apple butter spicier. I also made it with 2 cups brown sugar and 2 cups white sugar. After cooking I put it in a blender to make it smoother before canning.
The BEST apple butter I have ever had! My sister-in-law gave me a big bag of small tart green apples from her tree so this recipe came to mind thanks to a past recommendation from "TristansMom". The flavor is strong, sweet, slightly spicey and tart at the same time, and just the smell of it cooking all day is heavenly. Will definately make this again, thank you! P.S. Took Tristansmom's advice to put it hot on vanilla ice cream, add some caramel sauce and WOW!!!
Mmmmmmm yummy! I had just gone apple-picking and had tons of apples to use up; this recipe was a great way to do that! Just set it in the Crockpot before going to bed and finished it in the morning - so easy! Cooked down nicely, although mine needed an extra hour or 2 in the cooker to get rid of some excess liquid in the mixture. Took a whisk to it when it was all done because some of the apples looked a little chunky and it came out wonderfully! Planning to use these for stocking stuffers at Christmas :)
I did not like this recipe. I thought it has to much ground clove. Also it never stated what kind of apples to use so I used Fuji and it just did not taste right!
Very easy recipe. Only gave 4 stars because it should specify which types of apples are best to use... My husband brought home Red Delicious because those come conveniently in the 3# bags, and I used them. However, I'm sure this would have tasted better with an apple variety more suitable for cooking like Gala or Honeycrisp. My butter came out quite brown, and tasted fine on a bagel, but I would not can it to give to friends. It did blend nicely for use in the "Apple Butter Pumpkin Pie" from this site and an apple butter rugelach cookie from a magazine. I plan on using the rest in an "Apple Butter Pork Loin" in a few days.
Really great recipe! I am a Virginia girl, and we love apple butter. This recipe reminds me of home! I used Gala apples and followed recipe exactly. Beautiful brown color and the smell is wonderful. My emersion blender made it nice and smooth. Thanks again.
My first attempt with this recipe was a disaster, I used Granny Smith apples, Not right for this recipe. My second attempt was delicious made with Gala apples. I canned 6 sm. jars for later and to share with friends. On cinnamon swirl bread it is the best!! I used a little less sugar.. Just wonderful!!
After reading the reviews, I decided to reduce the sugar by one cup . So I did 2C. of white sugar and 1C. of brown sugar and it was still too sweet. Sickening sweet. Next time I will only use 2 cups of sugar. I used a 6 LBS mixture of Empire, Macintosh and Spartan apples.This gave me 2 Quarts(8 Cups) of Apple Butter. Mine was done in 7 hours. To test for doneness (after 6-7 hours) spoon a mound of apple butter on a small plate. The apple butter should stay mounded without any accumulations of liquid around the edges of the mound. THX
As suggested by other reviewers, I scaled this recipe to 20 servings (5 small apples) and I reduced the amount of sugar, but it was still way too sweet. I will definitely make it again, but I will have to be careful with the sugar.
I just realized I've never reviewed this one - I've made it twice and it's a GREAT recipe. So easy and delicious - we love the apple butter on toast!
This is something that is going to vary depending on a person's preference. I am giving 5 stars because it works! I used 3lb apples, 2 cups sugar, same amount of spice listed in original recipe. After it cooked down a bit I used my hand held blender and blended it all together. It took only about 9 hours in my slow cooker. Awesome way to make Apple Butter!
I have never tasted let alone made apple butter. However, I was given 50 (yes, 50) pounds of apples...I made a lot of applesauce & decided to try my hand at apple butter. SOOOO YUMMY!! Followed recipe exactly and used immersion blender to smooth out at end. EDIT: FREEZES WELL. I made so much that we have been taking it out of freezer. Excellent substitute for oil in quick bread recipes.
I love this recipe! I have made a few changes to it, though. First, I peel and then cut the apples using a simple apple slicer. I cut the apples into large chunks and place in my crock pot. In the morning, I open the pot and just use a potato masher to remove any large chunks that are left. If you like your apple butter super smooth, just use an immersion blender. This recipe is super sweet. I do not use white sugar, but I use 1 cup of honey. This adds to the beautiful, dark color of the apple butter. I also add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to the recipe because I like to can the apple butter in pint size mason jars. (Leave 1/4 inch head space and process for 10 minutes) I personally like a bit more cinnamon and less cloves.
*No need to peel. Quarter the cored apples ( I use an apple corer, cook in crockpot according to recipe, then buzz the apples with a hand blender. You have very smooth apple butter with no work! Great recipe!
I cut the sugar in half and it was perfect for me and my family. Super easy recipe. Great on plain toast, PB toast, on ice cream, bagels, and much more! 4 out of 5 for the original recipe. 5 out of 5 for my modified version ;)
Fabulous! I would agree with most of the other reviews that it turned out very sweet, and I even cut back the sugar by a cup (I actually used 1 1/2 cups brown sugar and 1 1/2 cups white sugar)! Of course my husband loved it-sweet tooth. ;) I didn't chop the apples as finely as I should have to begin with so I (like other members) used a blender once it was all done. I did the initial hour on high, then on low overnight, then lid off on serve setting for about an hour to reduce some of the liquid and it's the perfect consistency and very yummy! I would give 5 stars except for the non mention of type of apples used. I had an abundance of various apples, so I ended up using golden delicious, gala, fuji, and a few others. I'm guessing by the sweetness of the recipe, the original poster used granny smith. But that's just a guess. :) thanks for the recipe! It was lovely and I'll make it again (just maybe with less sugar!)
It was very good, but not as good as what my uncle used to make
Such an easy recipe. I put my apples in the crockpot at 9:00 at night and cooked them on high 1 hour. I turned the setting to low and went to bed at 10:00. I woke up the next morning to find them all done. I removed the lid and cooked them on high for 2 hours to thicken them up a bit. Wonderful!
Excellent with some easy changes. Put apples thru food processor before cooking. After apples are done -if too soupy drain thru collander. Then to get better consistancy put by batches into blender. A little more work but verrrr y worth it. Also, yes do add some allspice- makes a difference
I do not often give 5 stars, but this recipe was great. I cut the amounts in 1/2 and baked it in the oven (covered) at 250 instead of in a crockpot. I also cut the sugar by 1/4, and it was still pretty sweet (which I like). It looked and tasted just like the apple butter I grew up eating in the midwest - delicious - and when I took it to a friend's house for dinner her family loved it as much as mine does.
This was great made for my husband. He is a diabetic so I subsituted the sugar for splenda. The guys at his worked ate it all up, ended up having to make a second batch for him.
I used 1.5 lbs apples and 1.5 lbs peaches (frozen) with 1 c sugar. Amazing!
Do NOT change a thing to this recipe. Please note that 3.5 cups of sliced apples equals a pound. So you need a LOT more apples than you realize!! I do add nutmeg and a little ginger. But definitely do not change the amount of apples or sugar. I have used this recipe since it was published in Taste of Home Oct/Nov 1996. Tried and true!!
This is the best & easiest recipe I have tried. I like other people cut the sugar to 2 1/2 cups, added a pinch of nutmeg and vanilla. It is delicious! I let it cook during the day since I'm home and could watch it. My crockpot tends to cook fast and I didn't want it to burn overnight. You will not be disappointed by trying this recipe. You can't get any easier than this. I also obmitted the cloves because of my preference. My freezer will be stocked through winter now:) My kids even loved it. We had it with dinner on hot biscuits. Thanks for posting this delicious recipe.
I gave this recipe 4 stars just because I didn't follow it to a T. I used 5.5 lbs of apples I picked that day and I knew they were VERY sweet so I only put 2c of sugar and it came out pretty sweet so I recommend to anyone to NOT PUT 4C OF SUGAR INTO THIS RECIPE! It'll come disgustingly sweet. I didn't have grnd cloves so I used 1/8tsp of nutmeg and 1/8tsp of all spice and it come out great. I canned four 8oz jars and had some left over to put in a tupperware container to eat NOW because it's tastey. This is the first time I canned anything or made apple butter and both came out great and it's going to make wonderful gifts!
Use Cortland apples, or Paula Reds. This recipe is great- I reduced the sugar per personal preference, I used maybe 2 cups sugar and 6 lbs of apples. We put this in Pancake Batter and on toast, pancakes, so delicious!! Thanks for the great recipe!
So good and so easy. I used half the sugar. I blended it with my hand-held blender when it was done cooking. Will definately make again.
I was worried when I made this on Friday that it was applesauce, but when I took it out Sunday morning, it was thick and perfect. I did toss the apples with a tbsp. of lemon juice and cut the sugar back to 2 cups and I used 1/4 tsp. allspice and 1/2 tsp or so of cinnamon. I also left it a bit chunky, as we prefer it that way. It's a bit sweet for me, so when I make it again(and I will!), I'll cut back the sugar even more. This one's a keeper. I'm very pleased.
This is a great recipe! I love apple butter in the fall, and decided to make it since I have an abundance of apples this year. I used a mixed variety of apples and allspice instead of ground cloves since I did not have any on hand. I tasted it partially through the cooking, and it tasted just like pie. If you're impatient like I am, sneak a little aside for ice cream or waffles when it is only a couple of hours in.
This was really good. I didn't follow the recipe only though. I read the reviews and I did half the sugar since a lot of people said it was to sweet. Even with half the sugar I still thought it was a tad bit to sweet. I loved using the slow cooker though and it did have a perfect amount of spice. I will be keeping this one in my recipe box and just halfing the sugar.
I used this recipe to use up about 30 apples from the tree in my yard. The apples I used weren't exceptional, but this apple butter came out divine! I did use less sugar than called for per recipe, but kept the spices about the same. This is the second time I use this recipe and plan to use it again and again in the years to come. Thanks for sharing it. :)
Fantastic! I recently went to a local Apple Fest, and when I saw them cooking big vats of apple butter over an open flame, I just had to try it myself. I found this easy recipe, and made some slight changes. I used 4 1/4 pounds of Jonagold apples, 2 cups of dark brown sugar, and one cup of white. I skipped the cloves, and used a bit more cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg, and I sliced the apples, and left the skin on. I followed the cooking directions exactly, and pureed it in my blender when it was done, and it turned out perfectly - thanks so much for the recipe, Betty!
I used this recipe for my first time at canning. It was the perfect treat for my husband on his Christmas morning toast. Thank you so much for a new family favorite. I ended up with 6 1cup jars for gift giving.
I let it sit in the crockpot on low all night as another reviewer suggested. What a dissapointment, don't do it. It was hard, black, burnt-apple crisp in the morning.
I have been making this every fall for the past 3 years to give away as Christmas gifts and it's always a huge hit. No matter what kind of apples I use, I always use half the amount of sugar. This year I used one cup of white sugar and one cup of brown sugar for 10lbs MacIntosh apples (keeping the other amounts of ingredients the same, but using 2 heaping tsp of cinnamon) and it was even better than last year! Great recipe!
Apple butter is a personal thing- you either like it sweet, spicy or in between. This is obvious based on the reviewers' comments. I don't like mine very sweet and I like it spicy. I chose this recipe because of the comments, but primarily for the method. How nice to put together before bed and wake up to such a heavenly aroma in the morning! I doubled the recipe, which filled my crock pot to the brim. I used just shy of 6 c. sugar and increased the cloves a bit. After cooking the last hour on low, I used my immersion blender as others recommended then let it cook on low just a bit longer to thicken. When we came back from breakfast an hour later, it was a beautiful rich brown and even tasted less sweet. My next batch will use even less sugar (planning 2 c. per batch) and more cloves. I canned my butter- 11 lbs. = 7 pts. Bring on the biscuits!
This is incredible. I cut the sugar in half and added a little more cinnamon and cloves than the recipe called for. To make it extra smooth I ran it through the blender. Yummy!
MMMMM...I love this apple butter. I folowed the recipe and by the end it was way too sweet. So I added a few tablespoons of lemon juice and cooked it a bit longer. Then put in my blender and poured it into jars. It turned out perfect then!!!!
Not only is this great with apples - try it with pears. You adjust sugar to taste. Some apples are sweeter than others. I make Pear Butter too and it is wonderful. I also run this through the blender after cooking to make it extra smooth.
Very good apple butter! Everyone in my family loved it and thought it tasted better than store-bought stuff. I added a little bit of ginger to it (following what someone else suggested) and it was fantastic :) I cut the recipe in half and was sad that I made such a small batch :(
I used this recipe in conjunction with a ham glaze recipe I found on this website made with All-Day Apple Butter, OJ, Worcestershire sauce, and onion flakes. 1st of all, this is the best thing in the whole world to have cooking in your house around Christmas. It just make my house feel (and smell) that much cozier! I did use my hand-mixer to get more of that "apple butter texture" in the end. The ham glaze I prepared only called for some of the apple butter so I put the rest into nicely decorated jars and gave them to my mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law as Christmas presents!
This is a very sweet apple butter but my family and friends all love it. I tried making it a second time with half the sugar and though its still great, I felt like the first one came out better. I did add extra spices to the second batch and canned it to give to friends for christmas. My only issue with this is that it takes almost twice the time in the crock pot as the original recipe says, but if you know that ahead of time and plan for it it's ok.
Very good! I cut back on the sugar and still found it too sweet though, but perhaps that's just my taste. Can't wait to incorporate this into my morning oatmeal. Thanks!
This was great! I only made one change: I added a few tablespoons of corn starch to thicken the butter to make it less runny and easier to spread on toast.
Awesome!!!I just made this and love it. I also cut my sugar in half and it is plenty sweet for us. Also, I did not peel my apples--I cored them and put them in the crockpot. After it was almost done, I put in blender for about 20 seconds since we had not peeld the apples. Very smooth and tasty. Iwill definitely make again.
GREAT RECIPE I USED HALF WHITE SUGAR HALF BROWN, SKIPPED THE CLOVES SINCE THEY AREN'T ONE OF MY FAMILIES FAVORITES. ADDED A SPLASH OF VANILLA AND A LITTLE EXTRA CINNAMON. WILL MAKE AGAIN.
This was a great / easy recipe. i used xylitol & stevia instead of sugar without telling anyone. Everyone loved it PLUS they thought I had done so much work to make it. Even used my Ninja blender to chop the apples!
My husband and I both really liked this recipe. I had a bunch of apples I needed to use up, and this was a perfect and easy way to do that. I also had some homemade applesauce in the freezer that we weren't eating, so I added this to the crockpot as well. It turned out great!
This is a great recipe! I doubled the recipe and only added 2 cups of Splenda instead of sugar since I cannot eat any sugar at all. It is so easy and delicious! All of my friends love it too!
I love the ease of using the crock pot and it came really good.. I will put it in my food processor later when it cools to make it more smooth.. The color is a rich golden brown.. I used half brown sugar half white. I took the advice from another review and added a tsp. vanilla... cinnamon and nutmeg, no clove. one tsp. salt too.. it has great flavor, can't wait to have it on an english muffin in the morning! This is a keeper!
Turned out well, could have been a little sweeter.
I followed other reviewer's advice and scaled it down to 20 servings (4 apples) and put it in the crock pot on high for an hour then left it on low overnight (about 10 hours). We enjoyed it on toast in the morning and i will definately continue to make this over and over again.
Scrumptious!!! I scaled this back as many others have noted to 20 servings - used 5 Royal Gala apples. This absolutely does NOT need the full amount of sugar called for. I cut the sugar in half once I scaled the recipe back to 20 (called for 1 1/4 cups, I used half of that). SO YUMMY, started cooking late yesterday afternoon and let it cook overnight in my crockpot! I am planning on trying this in the Apple Butter Spice Cake on this site :)
This was easier than I expected. I removed the lid after a total of 11 hours and turned the heat to high for another 2 hours. Then I used my immersion blender to get a smooth consistence. I canned the applebutter for gift giving. Everyone raved about it!
This is by far the best recipe for applebutter....i was low on granulated sugar so my last cup was with light brown sugar...I made a double batch using my turkey roaster....yummy!!!
I like a lot more spice in my apple butter so I kept adding cinnamon and cloves. I also added a little allspice and nutmeg. I found this took about 17 hours to reduce and I had to leave the lid of to have the butter reduce. Maybe my apples were more juicy. I canned this and only got 2 1/5 pts after all this time. It was still easier than on top of the stove. You are always stirring on the stove
Fantastic way to use up the apples this fall. I love this recipe as it is so easy and you can walk away from it and enjoy your day. I do not like cloves so I left that out and substituted a pinch of nutmeg and a half tablespoon of Molassas....DELICIOUS! I can't wait to do this with pears from our tree!
This is a good recipe. I add more spices as I like mine a bit spicier. I use this recipe every year in the fall. It gives the house a wonderful smell
yes yes and more yes. This is so cool! Set it and forget it. And very flavorful. I had to use a sieve to crush them up instead of a wire wisk....but other than that I went straight by the recipe and it turned out wonderful. Five stars.
Better than the homemade apple butter that I bough at a local farmers market..The whole family loved it.
Yummy. Great recipe.
Very easy! I followed the recipe exactly and i used fuji apples. I thought there was a tad too much cinnamon so next time i will use 1 1/2 tsp. Before putting in jars i hit it with the blender for a few minutes. My husband is very critical, and he loves it! Thank you!
wow this stuff is good! i made 40 servings, because that's how many apples i had. according to that recipe i had to add 2.5 cups sugar, i added less than 1, half brown half white. it's still pretty sweet though! i don't really have a sweet tooth... i didn't follow the recipe exactly, i put it in at 8.00 in the evening and was going out, so i put it on low... left it on all night, turned it off around 5.20 in the morning. i didn't see that you had to cook it uncovered. oh well, next time (there will surely be a next time!)...
my husband and i did not like this at all
I made this apple butter but only made 1/3 of the recipe otherwise I would be drowning in apple butter. It still made a ton! I cut the sugar for the sweetness of the apples because it was a TON of sugar and I added a pinch of nutmeg to the recipe to give it a little more apple pie flavor. Delicious!
This is the easiest apple butter recipe I have ever used sure beats all the time in the kitchen cooking the apples on the stove. The batch I made only lasted for a few days deffinately will make this again.
This apple butter is amazing!! House smells great while cooking and tastes great when done. You will need A LOT of apples though!!
This is a good basic recipe. I cut the recipe in half, used half brown sugar with the white sugar, and replaced the clove for a bit of nutmeg. I cooked it a bit longer on low, closer to 12 hours total. I just used a spoon to stir out the big chunks. My kids LOVE it.
So easy and delicious! I did take the advice of others and reduced the sugar to 2 1/2 c. and the result was outstanding. I did have some chunks of apples but cooking a couple hours longer made it a smooth butter.
I used Gala apples and half white sugar, half brown sugar. Only used half the cloves called for and added some nutmeg. My husband loved it and already wants me to make more!
This recipe is too difficult and calls for too much work. To do an easy and good recipe: process cored apples on a food processor; place 16 cups of the processed apples in uncovered cooker along with 3C sugar,1Tbs cinnamon, 1Tb allspice, 1/2 tsp ground cloves and 1 cup cider vinegar. cook on high about 7 Hrs. You can smooth the butter out with a hand blender if you want it smoother. Place in 1/2 point jars, process 10 min.
This was so easy once I got past the peeling, coring and dicing 5 lbs of apples. I used my hand held blender after about 9 hrs and it turned out a smooth apple butter. I didn't have cloves so I omittted it.
Made exactly how the recipe was laid out. I love the way that it made my house smell. Canned and gave away as gifts. I love the tart of the Granny Smith Apples with the sweet. Agree with others, that the recipe is followed to the letter that it's more than a little sweet. I might cut back the sugar by a cup, and consider making it with Splenda the next go around for those of my family and friends prefer this as "sugar free."
This was very delicious. I only gave four stars because I scaled back on the sugar and only used half the amount in the recipe. I think any more sugar and it would have been too sweet for my family's taste. I used Gala apples because that is what was on sale at the local market. I also scaled back the servings to 22 so I could use an even amount of apples and only 2/3 cup sugar. I was unsure how to use apple butter so I made crepes and sprinkled the crepes with cinnamon and sugar then added a bit of apple butter to the center then returned the crepes to the pan just to caramelize the sugar and topped them off with a bit of fresh whipped cream, yummy. Though I think just eating this with a spoon right out of the bowl would have been good too. I have plenty of left overs so I can experiment with different uses.
This was absolutely delicious! I made a half batch. I used Pink Lady apples which are sweet to begin with, so cut down the sugar a little bit (3/4 C Splenda and 3/4 brown sugar - next time I may use even less). I also added a little bit of vanilla extract. I had also made the Honey Cornbread available on this site, and when I paired the two together - unbelievable! I'll be making a full batch for sure, next time!
can this be made with splenda instead of sugar???
Super easy way to make apple butter. I didn't change a thing. A nice way to make several gifts at once. Thanks!
I am an apple butter lover, and this AB is utterly outstanding.
This is the BEST!!! Everyone in the family loves it.
YUM! Wish I could give this another half star because it truly is almost perfect. As written, though, this recipe is just too darned sweet (though delicious, to be sure). I reduced it to 3 cups and liked it even better. I used gala apples. I want to bottle some to give as gifts at Christmas time.
I love this recipe. It is great to have on hand for subsituting for oil in recipes and also for putting over waffles or toast. We like it chunkier and I cut the sugar in half when making. It also smells sooo good when cooking. Thanks you!!
I made this with about half the ingredients and added half a large can of pumpkin to make it pumpkin apple butter. All I can say is AMAZING. This was delicious and I still have some in my fridge. I added nutmeg, ginger, and used more cinnamon and cloves than it calls for because I love those flavors. AND it made my house smell wonderful and Fall-ish!
I love this recipe! I made it with local Macintosh apples from a farm down the road. I love the simplicity of the recipe. The hardest part was peeling and cutting the apples. I will never buy apple butter again! The beautiful vibrancy of the apples really shined through and the spices/sugar just complemented it perfectly! I ended up canning it.
Cut sugar in half.
I had an abundance of apples from the farm stand across the street. This recipe was perfect to use alot of apples so they didn't go bad
First, let me say that 6 people thought the taste was awesome, but I did cut the sugar in half because of other reviews. I've never tasted apple butter before so there was no long-lost family recipe I was trying to duplicate. Some people had apple butter before and claimed this was much better. I totally destroyed it, but it was totally my fault. Here are my mistakes. I only used 2 1/4 lbs of apples. It looks like more than enough when it first goes in the slow-cooker, but no. I took a nap and even on low, I burned it beyond redemption. There was enough left in the center taste-test after only 5 hours. So next time, I'll use the full amount of apples if using the slow cooker. And there will be a next time. Judging by the comments of others who tasted, I think the cloves might add the extra something special in this recipe. Only 4 stars because of personal preference for less sugar.
Excellent idea! I filled up the crockpot with small diced apples. I only used 1 cup of brown sugar. I did not have cloves so I used allspice instead. YUMMY! I'll never buy applebutter again.
I made this for the first time in 2009 and sold it at the Downtown Days festival in our little town. For the Garden Club to make money. I took a jar so the people could try it before they bought it and I sold out very quickly even the jar I was giving samples from. I am making it again this year and we are going to sell it again. I process mine in a water bath for 10 minutes let them cool and store them in the cabinet. I have not found a single person that didn't like this recipe. Even some people that didn't like apple butter.
The texture was really nice after simmering it for an additional two hours (I like my apple butter really thick) but I just couldn't bring myself to taste the batch I made. To me, it just smelled burnt. I think it was from the cloves of which I am not a very big fan of to begin with. I will be trying this recipe again however, this time without the cloves.
This has been such a hit that whenever apples are on sale, I buy a bunch and make this. Grand-daughters just love it, so I always have plenty on hand!
Really good and very easy! One thing I did differently was to use my electric beverage mixer on it as a last step before putting it in jars. Made it really smooth, almost a satiny texture.
This is fantastic! I will never slave over the stove again now that I found this easy way. And it tastes so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This was a 1st time recipe for me so I had no clue what to expect. I did not stray from the recipe for that reason. Okay, so I did sneak in a little more cinnamon throughout the day. This was an easy no fuss recipe!
Very good. Used it to make a glaze for a ham.
I ended up reading another recipe for apple pumpkin butter and thought that sounded really good but it called for applesauce which I didn't have so I used this recipe but only used 4 lbs of apples and then a 30 ounce can of pumpkin mix that was pre-seasoned so I halved the seasonings like cinnamon, clove, and salt and added 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg...I kept the sugar the same and it came out beautifully and everyone loved the sweet pumpkin taste mixed with the bitter sweet apple flavor...I will do this again!!