Before making this apple butter, I had never even HAD apple butter. I'd rather peanut butter or simply, butter, on my toast, however, I figured with all the "fall" happening around me, I wanted to do something a little different then my regular dips and dinners. This was really, REALLY easy too, considering it's a crockpot recipe -- my fave! And it makes the house smell like heaven!
What You'll Need:
5 lbs. red apples (or any kind you like)
1/4 cup cinnamon
2 - 15-oz. cans 100% pure pumpkin (I used Libby's)
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
This recipe is pretty easy-peasy-apple-squeezy! Simply peel, core, and dice the apples. Put all of the apples, plus half the cinnamon in the crock pot. Cook on high for 6 hours, stirring occasionally.
After 6 hours on high, stir the apples really well, and turn down to low, and cook for another 6 hours. The picture below is what it looks like after all 12 hours in the crock pot.
Then, I added the 2 cans of pumpkin, dark brown sugar, the rest of the cinnamon, and salt and stirred well to incorporate. After this point, I turned the crock pot off, and went to bed. The next morning, when I got up for work, I turned it back on low, and cooked for another 6 hours, uncovered. This is when it got really dark, and the taste of the pumpkin really came out. After I let it cool significantly, I put it into jars, and put it in the refrigerator!
Enjoy on toast...
...or fruit slices...
or English muffins...
Or anything that needs a sweet, fall kick!