|Slow Cooker Apple Butter|
Ingredients for Slow Cooker Apple Butter:
5 lbs of Gala or McIntosh apples
1 c dark brown sugar, packed
1 tsp coarse salt
1 cinnamon stick
Directions: Peel, quarter and core the apples. In a food processor, finely grate the fruit (in batches if necessary), then transfer to a slow cooker. Stir in the brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
Remove the cinnamon stick and reserve. Transfer mixture to food processor (in batches if necessary) and process until smooth. Return to slow cooker, along with the cinnamon stick and cook on high, uncovered, until the mixture is thick and browned, about 4 hours. Discard the cinnamon stick and let the mixture cool. Transfer to airtight containers and refrigerate up to 3 weeks or freeze up to 3 months.
This recipe was adapted from one found in Martha Stewart Everyday Food (December 2010).