The Official Bruce's Carmel Apple Butter Recipe
Hey - How could I resist after you'll have be messin with my recipe I just have to set the record straight with MY prefered way of making this ambrosia.
Bruce's Carmel Apple Butter
Puree about 3 lbs of apples. ( heat, peel, steam, food mill, blender or what ever ) Place 7 cups it in the crockpot with about 2 cups of white sugar - sugar to taste depending upon the variety of apples used. For a large crock you can double this. Cook the pulp down to a butter consistency ( about 3 to 4 hours ). Stir in 1/4 teaspoon Ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cloves, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon and 21 caramels. Check the temperature. I like to get it up to 165 degrees f but the minimum is 140 degrees F. If your crock does not get hot enough transfer it to a pan and heat it on the stove.
Can leaving 1/2 in head space and water bath. Pints for 10 minutes and 1/2 pints for 5 minutes. Hide the finished product from the salivating hordes that will be pounding down your door.