Apple Butter

Posted on November 1, 2011

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Fall is not over.  And my slow cooker is more permanently on the counter; so today, as we strolled through the farmers market admiring the morning sun streaming onto the piles of fresh apples, and holding a loaf of fresh peasant bread in hand, I decided that it was time to make some apple butter. After all, slow cookers can effect that perfect softening of apples into heavenly mush with minimal involvement from me.

Here’s the general idea:

5.5 lbs apples–Roughly 10-12 med size apples–assorted (I used Macintosh, Golden Delicious and Gala, primarily)

3-3.5 cups sugar (I recommend at least half of this be raw, for extra awesome texture)

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp salt

(Alternatively you could put whole cloves and cinnamon sticks in, but straining them at the end might prove more arduous than desired).

Dump in all ingredients.

Cook on High for 1 hr, Low for 9-11 hrs, stirring occasionally, and then last hour (after its thick and dark brown) uncover and cook on low, stir with a whisk for smoothness.

Enjoy with fresh bread–see Peasant bread from this great blog-Honey and Jam. More on that here.

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