A simple recipe for crockpot apple butter sweetened with honey and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Delicious in baked goods, sauces, and spread on muffins or toast, and guaranteed to make your home smell INCREDIBLE.
5pounds(2 1/4 kgs) applesideally a mix of sweet and tart varieties
1/3cup(80 ml) honey
1/3cup(71 grams) brown sugar(I prefer dark brown sugar here)
Peel, core, and chop the apples into large chunks.
Combine apples, honey, sugar, and spices in a large crockpot. Stir to combine.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours, then remove the lid and stir. The apples should be extremely soft and nearly dissolve as you stir.
Puree the mixture if desired, using either an immersion blender (this makes it SO easy, you don’t even have to transfer them from the crockpot!) or food processor or blender.
Return the apple butter to the crockpot and continue to cook on HIGH with the lid off for 45-60 minutes, until it thickens slightly and reaches your desired consistency.
Store tightly covered in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
Neither blending nor the second round of cooking are strictly necessary, it just depends on your preferred texture and consistency. Blending will obviously result in a smoother texture, and the longer you cook the apple butter uncovered, the thicker it will become.
This is definitely not my original concept, there are apple butter recipes all over the internet. This is just my preferred method! And I borrowed the idea of using half honey, half sugar from Christina Lane who blogs over at Dessert for Two. She makes some pretty amazing things and gives my blog lots to aspire to. Go check her out!