This slow cooker apple butter is my answer to overly sweet, overly spiced apple butter. It is lightly sweetened with a touch of maple and lightly scented with vanilla bean (my favorite) and a few cinnamon sticks. A secret ingredient balances all the flavors and makes this the BEST apple butter, in my opinion. Go grab a big bushel of apples from your favorite orchard and make this asap! It will make your house smell better than any fall candle ever could.
This Slow Cooker Apple Butter could not be easier.
My biggest problem with most apple butter recipes is that they are LOADED with sugar. If you use the right kind of apple, you really don't need any sugar at all. I went with some local empire apples that have just the right balance of sweet and tart. I used maple syrup to add just a bit of sweetness, and still just a fraction of the amounts most recipes call for. That, plus a vanilla bean and a few cinnamon sticks and you are on your way to a delicious batch of apple butter.
My last little twist is to add some acidity. Balanced flavors are so important to me and to my style of cooking. So in an effort to create a more balanced apple butter and to put my little twist on it, I add a splash of apple cider vinegar. It's a subtle difference, but so worth it.
Oh, and one final bonus: I don't peel my apples for this slow cooker apple butter.
Make this on a lazy weekend day, and enjoy the slow process and the wonderful aroma that will fill your house as it cooks. And while you're at it, make some homemade bread so you have something to slather this apple butter on when it's done! Might I suggest my homemade Honey White Sandwich Bread? That is the loaf pictured here and it is truly the best!
I like to lightly toast a nice thick slice, spread on some good, salted butter, and then add the apple butter on top. It is so, so good!
I really hope you'll give this one a try. Let me know if you do! xo - Anita