How to Make Homemade Apple Butter

homemade apple butter

The leaves have turned the most gorgeous shades of red, orange, and golden yellow - there is a crisp chill in the air which can only mean one thing, fall has officially arrived. Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, and if you can't find me look for the nearest campfire or apple orchard. 

Every fall I head to the apple orchard with my mum and get more apples than any single person can eat in a season. I eat some of them, make applesauce with others and this year I decided that instead of buying apple butter for charcuterie boards, I would just make my own. The aroma of the apple butter will linger through your house and have you dreaming of cooler days.

You will never believe how simple it is to make apple butter. All you have to do is stick some apples that have been cut into a crockpot with brown sugar and spices. Let the mixture sit all day, stirring occasionally, and there you have it, apple butter. Yum! 


Homemade Slow Cooker Apple Butter
Ingredients
3/4 cup apple cider (I got mine from Yates Cider Mill)
9 apples 
1/2 cup brown sugar (I did less because my apples and cider were very sweet)
2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
dash of salt

Directions
1. Peel, core, and chop the apples. 
2. Place all ingredients into a slow cooker. 
3. Stir the mixture.
4. Cover and cook for 4-6 hours on low.
5. Once the mixture is soft and has a "mushy" consistency pour it into a blender and blend until smooth. 
6. Add back to the crockpot and cook for another 2 hours to thicken it. This is also your opportunity to add more spices or brown sugar. 

What is the difference between applesauce and apple butter?
Unlike applesauce, apple butter is cooked longer and runs through a blender to get a thick and smooth consistency. 



What do you do with apple butter? 
You might want to know what you can do with apple butter and how to serve it. Well, the simple answer is anything you want!

Here are some of my favorite ways to enjoy apple butter: 
Add it to a charcuterie board and add to a cracker or the top of the cheese
On a biscuit with butter
Warmed and served over pancakes or ice cream
As a dip for graham crackers
On a piece of toast
Drizzled over cinnamon rolls



What apples are best for apple butter?
When it comes to apple butter, applesauce, apple pies, and more I like to use a variety of apples. For my apple butter, I used Honey Crisp (they're so sweet I was able to cut down on the brown sugar), Mcintosh, Red Delicious, and Gala. 


How do you make apple butter smooth?
You can use an immersion blender or a regular blender to puree it. I like to cook it in the crockpot for a while, and then run it through the blender and put it back in the crockpot for a couple hours to thicken up. 


How do you store homemade apple butter?
I canned some of mine and also put some apple butter in freezer containers and froze it. Apple butter will not last very long in the refrigerator, so you definitely want to make sure you freeze it or can it. 


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