I just bought a home that has an apple tree and I have no idea what kind of apples they are, but they're small, red and quite tart. Still, I used half the sugar, and used equal parts brown and granulated sugar. I also used 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice in place of cinnamon and cloves. Rather than the slow cooker, I cooked this in a heavy saucepan on medium heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Then, I reduced heat to simmer and covered, cooking for 8 hours, stirring every few hours. Then, the last hour, I cooked the apple butter uncovered and allowed the liquid to reduce until almost completely gone. I used an immersion blender to grind up the peel (I never peel my apples for apple butter and my immersion blender makes it a non-issue). This apple butter turned out like a caramel, spiced candy apple butter and it's DIVINE. This recipe inspired me, though clearly I didn't follow it at all. lol Enjoy - this would make great holiday gifts. :)
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I just bought a home that has an apple tree and I have no idea what kind of apples they are,...