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Homemade Apple Butter on the Stove or in the CrockPot

How to make the best homemade apple butter in the CrockPot or on the stovetop - This healthy, simple, and easy recipe is perfect for canning or freezing. It can be made with sugar or no sugar so it is healthy. Seasoned with cinnamon. Gluten-free.

I can't resist warm homemade bread when it's topped with melting butter and homemade apple butter.

So now you know, Dear Reader. Want to hear my secrets? Tempt me with some warm homemade bread with butter and homemade apple butter. I'll tell you everything I know.

Now that we've perfected the whole wheat bread recipe, we've been making it a couple of times a week. A loaf of bread used to sit around here for a month, but that was when we bought the cardboard-like diet bread.

Homemade whole wheat bread doesn't last a whole week around here; all three of us love it, especially when it's topped with butter and apple butter.

I know you're dying for my apple butter recipe, and it's quite complicated, {cough, cough} but I'll share it with you.

Contrary to what the name implies, there is no actual butter in it. It's even sorta healthy.

One more thing.

You can make pear butter, cherry butter, peach butter, and just about any other kind of butter you can think of with this same recipe. Just substitute whatever fruit you want for the apples and adjust the seasonings to taste. It will be just as delicious as the original apple butter.

You may notice in the recipe below that I use 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of Splenda. You will want to use somewhere around 2 cups of whatever, but it is totally up to you. Some people prefer all sugar, some prefer all artificial sweetener. Before bariatric surgery, I used a blend. After, I use all Splenda or stevia, whichever we have at the time.

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Homemade Apple Butter
How to make the best homemade apple butter in the CrockPot or on the stovetop - This healthy, simple, and easy recipe is perfect for canning or freezing. It can be made with sugar or no sugar so it is healthy. Seasoned with cinnamon. Gluten-free.
Course Condiment
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Ingredients
  • 10 large apples I prefer to use a variety of apples if I can and I like them to be sweeter cooking apples. I buy my apples at a local farm, and I suggest you do the same. If you're in a pinch, you could make apple butter with supermarket apples or even jarred applesauce, but you will lose some quality in the finished product.
  • apple juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Splenda or Stevia (depending on what kind you use you might need a different amount. You need it to equal 1 cup of sugar. If you prefer not to use artificial sweeteners, use a second cup of sugar.)
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Course Condiment
Servings
Ingredients
  • 10 large apples I prefer to use a variety of apples if I can and I like them to be sweeter cooking apples. I buy my apples at a local farm, and I suggest you do the same. If you're in a pinch, you could make apple butter with supermarket apples or even jarred applesauce, but you will lose some quality in the finished product.
  • apple juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Splenda or Stevia (depending on what kind you use you might need a different amount. You need it to equal 1 cup of sugar. If you prefer not to use artificial sweeteners, use a second cup of sugar.)
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
How to make the best homemade apple butter in the CrockPot or on the stovetop - This healthy, simple, and easy recipe is perfect for canning or freezing. It can be made with sugar or no sugar so it is healthy. Seasoned with cinnamon. Gluten-free.
Instructions
  1. Wash the apples.
  2. Quarter and core the apples, but don't peel them. Toss them, peels and all, into the biggest pot you have. I use an 8 or 10 quart stockpot.
  3. Pour an inch or two of water or apple juice in the pot, and cook the apples. I have stainless steel pots, so I cook them for a half hour or so on high. Depending on your cookware, you may have to cook the apples at a lower temperature. It will take a bit longer, but is otherwise not a big deal.
  4. Take the cooked apples out of the pan and run them through a vegetable grinder/strainer, food mill, or blender. It will turn into applesauce. (So you could stop here if that's what you wanted.)
  5. Put the applesauce back into the pan. Add the sugar, Splenda, and cinnamon to taste.
  6. Cook the applesauce on low, stirring often (though not continuously). It will take another half hour or longer until it is a rich brown and a nice, thick consistency. Be careful that it doesn't burn; that will ruin the whole batch.
  7. If your apple butter gets too thick, you can either put it in the blender or thin it with a wee bit of water or apple juice.
  8. If you can it in sterile jars, the apple butter will last almost forever. In the freezer, you can keep apple butter for six months to a year. In the refrigerator, it will stay good for about a month. (If you don't eat it sooner.)
Recipe Notes

If you prefer, you can also make apple butter in the CrockPot. (I prefer to use the stove top because it's quicker.) When you make it in the CrockPot, it takes pretty much a whole day of cooking, sometimes longer, but otherwise the steps are the same.

  1. Cook it on high until the apples are soft, about 3 hours.
  2. Run it through the strainer to make applesauce.
  3. Return the apples to the slow cooker and cook on low until the applesauce has turned a nice brown color, about 3-6 hours more.
  4. Season with cinnamon and sugar to taste.
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I love homemade apple butter on bread, toast, and pancakes. What do you eat it on?

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32 thoughts on “Homemade Apple Butter on the Stove or in the CrockPot”

  1. Mmm…I might have to give this a try. My last attempt at homemade apple butter did not turn out so well!

    Dusty’s last blog post..Homemade Bread

  2. Oh, yum! I love apple butter. 😀 Definitely need to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great Tuesday!
    Sherry

    Sherry’s last blog post..Fun with Jeffrey and God’s Provision

  3. Making it in the crockpot is certainly easier. You don’t have to stir, and it’s much less likely to burn. I just don’t have the patience to wait for it that way. 🙂

  4. Making it in the crockpot is certainly easier. You don’t have to stir, and it’s much less likely to burn. I just don’t have the patience to wait for it that way. 🙂

  5. Mmm…I might have to give this a try. My last attempt at homemade apple butter did not turn out so well!

    Dusty’s last blog post..Homemade Bread

  6. Oh, yum! I love apple butter. 😀 Definitely need to try this one. Thanks for sharing!

    Have a great Tuesday!
    Sherry

    Sherry’s last blog post..Fun with Jeffrey and God’s Provision

  7. I love apple butter and have several jars in the cupboard that a friend gave me. Does it have the same consistency when you make it with splenda?

    Brenda’s last blog post..Empanadas/TMTT

  8. I once bought a bushel of apples at the farmer’s market with the intention of making apple butter for my co-worker’s Christmas presents. I spent my fall break cutting up, cooking and canning 20-some jars of apple butter. It turned out really well except for the fact that I forgot to add sugar!

    Heather’s last blog post..Waiting

  9. I once bought a bushel of apples at the farmer’s market with the intention of making apple butter for my co-worker’s Christmas presents. I spent my fall break cutting up, cooking and canning 20-some jars of apple butter. It turned out really well except for the fact that I forgot to add sugar!

    Heather’s last blog post..Waiting

  10. I love apple butter and have several jars in the cupboard that a friend gave me. Does it have the same consistency when you make it with splenda?

    Brenda’s last blog post..Empanadas/TMTT

  11. No doubt you, or members in your family had their own favourite homemade barbecue sauces that they grew up with, well now is your chance to get involved and enjoy learning something new, how to make your own, personal favourite, homemade barbecue sauce.

  12. I make apple butter for Christmas presents, but I also make Apple Stack Cake. 9-layers of apple-y goodness, and I cook dried apples and make it into an apple butter type consistency just for cake.

  13. I have a pressure cooker which has a canning option. I’ve not canned until this past weekend when I made Macintosh apple sauce (my favorite apples). Perfect!! I over bought apples so after 36 jars of apple sauce and 50 apples left, I’m going to try this recipe and can these too. Wish me luck…next summer, tomatoes!

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