So, I went to the local farmer's market last week and picked up some delicious Rome apples! I also snagged some apple cider too. Tastes just like drinking an apple! Wow!
I started thinking about what to do with these apples. I thought about apple dumplings and homemade applesauce. But then I thought of apple butter. Perfect! Here's the recipe.
Approximately 5 lb. apples
1 1/4 cups honey
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cloves
Dash of salt
1 1/2 cup apple cider
1. Fill Crock-pot 3/4 full with sliced apples. Add the remaining ingredients and stir until evenly mixed.
2. Cover and cook on low setting overnight or until the butter is of a thick, spreadable consistency. Use an immersion blender or food processor to smooth it out if needed.
If apple butter has too much liquid, remove lid and cook on high until thickened. Stir often as butter thickens to prevent scorching.
Store in refrigerator for up to 6 weeks. Freeze for longer storage.
Variation: Substitute 3 cups sugar for the honey for a sweeter butter.