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Monday, October 1, 2012

Slow Cooked Apple Butter (Crock Pot recipe)

You can get the greatest smell going in your house and really feel that fall spirit coming out!  How about breaking out the crockpot for something a little different than a stew, soup or dinner?  Apple Butter!  Either picked our found at the store for a great price, fall is perfect for apples and here's a tried and true recipe.

Slow Cooked Apple Butter

5 1/2 pounds apples - peeled, cored and finely chopped
4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (or more if you like it with a little spice!)
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt

Place your apples in a slow cooker.  In a bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, cloves and salt; pour over your apples and mix it well. Cover and cook on the high setting for 1 hour. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 9-11 hours (wowzers!) or until thickened and dark brown, stirring occasionally (stir more frequently as it thickens to prevent sticking). Uncover and cook on low 1 hour longer and your home will really be smelling wonderful. If you want, stir with a wire whisk until smooth. Cover and refrigerate, put into sturdy ziploc bags or freeze.  To freeze - spoon into freezer containers, leaving at least a half inch space as it will expand when it freezes.

This is fabuLOUs for those apples you pick in the Fall.

Recipe is adapted from Allrecipes.com tried, tested and loved by LouFamFun contributor: Jeanette

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