Slow cooked, spicy, chunky apple butter

Apples by Jen Maiser

Technically, I suppose, apple butter is smooth.  I originally made this recipe last winter and pureed it afterward. Since, however, my main use for this particular condiment is in my morning oatmeal, I have found I much prefer it to be left chunky.   Recipe is adapted from one I found at The Art of Homemaking.


Apples enough to fill a crock pot–about 10-12 good sized apples.
2 T cinnamon
5-6 whole cloves
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped and broken into pieces
6-8 oz hard apple cider

Wash, core, and peel the apples.  Slice them into good size slices and fill the crock pot. Add the spices, salt and cider, and cook on low for 18-24 hours.   Smell it like every good thing all night long, and stir sometimes to keep the spices moving.  When they’re very dark and soft, use a potato masher or two butter knives to break the apples into small chunks.  Ladle into jars and freeze, or if you eat it as fast as we do, just pile the jars in the back of the fridge.  Also very good on French toast or buckwheat pancakes. 

Do you have an easy winter recipe to share with us?

3 thoughts on “Slow cooked, spicy, chunky apple butter

  1. Ruthie

    Try my ‘tip’ on

  2. Ruthie

    Hope you’re still watching Top Chef. My heart goes out to Jennifer. She’s not going to make it. Kevin’s my pick for the winner. Also, not liking Michael V’s comments at all. There’s confidence and there’s being downright obnoxious. Talent aside, he’s not Top Chef material.

  3. I know, Ruthie! I’m so sad about Jennifer…she’s just falling ot pieces. I don’t like Micheal V much either, but I do like his brother, and am torn about whether he or Kevin will win.

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