This is one of those things that at soon as I put in in my mouth, I felt like my life before that point was void of meaning because no apple butter had been in it.
I mean seriously. It's that good.
Unfortunately, I have an irrational fear that if I leave the crock pot on all day, my house will burn to the ground. And no amount of apple butter is worth that. So I will have to save making this dish for days when I don't plan to leave the house. Like Sunday.
Crock Pot Apple Butter
What you need:
about a dozen apples, peeled, cored, and cubed. I say about, because I used organic apples, which tend to be a little smaller, so I used more. Use the equivalent to a dozen average size apples...I just made that confusing, didn't I? Moving on...
1/2 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice
1/4-1/2 Cup Honey
Now just put everything but the honey into your crock pot and set it for high (6-8 hours) or low (10-12 hours). Depends on how bad you want the butter, I guess.
I started mine on high, then turned it down to low once things started getting good and cooked in there.
Every few hours, give it a stir. Once the apples have disintegrated and it seems like an appropriate consistency, add a 1/4 cup of the honey. Stir. Taste.
Sweet enough? If not, add some more honey.
Totally not necessary, but I blended about half of the mixture until smooth, then added it back to the rest. It gave it more spreadable texture.
This recipe made about a pint of butter, which lasted no time in my house. Next time I will double the amount, cause once you go for the butter, you'll never go back.
Recipe adapted from Cake Student