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There is nothing like a house that smells like applesauce on a Fall day. This apple butter can be eaten as is, like a smooth applesauce, or it can be added to other recipes. I actually love to top my overnight oats with it. This recipe cooks for 11 hours in the crockpot, so it’s great to start overnight or to cook all day long. Beware, however. Your house will smell delectable.
- 5 1/2 pounds apples peeled, cored and finely chopped
- 3 cups sugar
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp cloves ground (or pulse in a blender)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Place all the ingredients in the crockpot and stir.
- Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
- Reduce heat to low and cook 11 hours, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is thickened and dark brown.
- Uncover and continue cooking on low for 1 hour.
- Put the mixture in a food processor and blend.
- Spoon the mixture into sterile containers, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
- The original recipe I followed called for 4 cups of sugar. I'm not even sure you need 3 cups because of how sweet the apples already might be.
- Also, I will be trying out other sweeteners in the future. Instead of sugar, maple syrup can probably be used.