Apple butter is a type of fruit spread made by cooking apples with sugar until the fruit breaks down and turns into a very smooth, butter-like (hence the name) preserve. Apples take a while to break down and cooking apple butter on the stovetop can be a time-intensive process. Instead of standing over my stove all afternoon, I prefer to pack the apples into my slow cooker and make my apple butter overnight. With minimal effort, you can have an amazing apple butter to serve with toast, biscuits or to bake into a pie. I’m sharing the recipe for my Slow Cooker Apple Butter over on the Craftsy blog (it’s free!) right now. The recipe is easy to make and the fruit butter is both seasonal and delicious.
You’ll notice that my recipe makes a relatively small batch of apple butter and that I used a smaller slow cooker to make it. I like making a small batch and using it all at once. If you want to make a bigger batch, you can simply scale up the recipe. No matter how big your batch, you can use any size slow cooker as long as your apples cover the base of the insert.