Homemade apple butter is the best! That thick ‘butter’ like consistency apple sauce spread all over some cinnamon toast in the morning is simply amazing! Apple butter is basically an apple sauce that is reduced to a thick butter like consistency so that it can be spread, like butter, on things like toast, bagels, pancakes, waffles, etc. The apple flavour is concentrated as the apples are reduced and this really intensifies the apple flavour! Apple butter is pretty easy to make but when making it on the stove top it requires some attention and so the slow cooker is a great alternative as you can place the apples into the slow cooker and let them go, unattended! You just cook the apples in the slow cooker until tender, puree them and then crank up the heat, remove the lid from the slow cooker and cook until the apple sauce has reduced to a nice thick ‘butter’. This intensity of the apple flavour in the apple butter also makes it perfect for adding apple flavour to other recipes including quick breads, cookies, soups, etc.
With the holiday season here, this apple butter makes for a great homemade gift! (And you certainly don’t need to mention how easy it is to make!)
Feel free to skip reducing from a sauce to a butter and enjoy a really nice homemade apple sauce!
Slow Cooker Apple Butter
A thick and intense apple flavoured ‘butter’ with cinnamon spice!
- 3 pounds apples, peeled and cored
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- Mix everything, place in a slow cooker and cook, covered, until the apples are nice and tender, about 6-10 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
- Puree the apples with a blender or food processor.
- Cook in the slow cooker on high, without the lid, until the sauce has thickened to the desired consistency, about 2-3 hours.