My sister’s apple butter is amazing, but since she lives in Missouri and I live in Georgia, and it is difficult to get her to send me some. So she gave me the recipe and I’ve had to make it myself. (Although, I think her apple butter tastes better!) It is simple and easy. Enjoy!
• 5 lbs. apples (choose a variety, it tastes better)
• 1/2 – 3/4 cup turbinado sugar
• the zest of a lemon, grated
• 1 tablespoon cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon allspice
• 1 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)
• 3/4 cup apple cider
Cut apples into quarters and put into crock pot. Note: you do not need to peel or core apples, but I do remove the stem, calyx, and stamen.
Pour apple cider over the apples; then add sugar, lemon and spices.
Cover crock pot; cook on high for 4 – 6 hours, until apples are soft. Place some of the cooked apples and juices in a blender or food processor with a ladle; don’t fill more than halfway. Pulse fruit until smooth, pour into a clean separate bowl. Continue blending until all apples have been processed.
When all apples are blended, pour mixture through strainer back into slow cooker. Cook uncovered on high anywhere from 1 to 4 hours.