How did he know? Over at Kirk’s place, he posted the steps to make your own apple butter. Apple butter is my weakness. He makes it sound so easy, I’m going to have to try it. Take it away Kirk:
Look, let’s make an easy batch of apple butter. It will not be the best possible, but it’s going to give you a hint of what you can expect further down this road. We’re only going to make a fairly small batch instead of canning jars and jars of it (this time).
Now in decades past a butter meant hours of time at a stove. Today just about every kitchen has the perfect tool – their crockpot. You need a crockpot. You need natural (unsweetened) applesauce. You need sugar. You want some spices – in this case we’ll keep it simple with a classic apple pie mix of cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.
Here’s the simple overview. You’re going to put applesauce in the pot. You’ll add the other stuff. You’ll turn it on low, and let it go 8 to 12 hours – all day long – till the sauce is reduced by about half. Knowing this will help you make more sense of the more detailed instructions.
In a perfect world you only want about a cup of apple butter open at a time just to slow you down in eating it. The big thing that’s going to drive you, however, is your crockpot. You want at least a couple of inches in the bottom so it comes together correctly. If you’ve got a standard 5.5 quart pot, you’re going to want at least a quart of applesauce in the bottom. It wouldn’t hurt to have an extra pint standing by. Though you’ll adjust to your taste in later batches, you want to stir in 1/2 cup of sugar for each quart of applesauce in the pot. Yes, this means if you’ve got a pint standing by you should have a quarter cup of sugar around as well. Finally you’re going to add the spices. In this case I’d go with a teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter teaspoon each of cloves and allspice – feel free to adjust, of course.
Turn on the pot, put on the lid, and…
For the complete recipe, head here and be prepared to say yummy. I’ll try and remember to document my try with photos. No promises though. I’m usually half way through a recipe when I remember I meant to take photos.