I always say that I get my love for all things apple from my Dad. Whether it’s a slice of apple pie, a serving of apple crumble, a spoonful of applesauce with dinner or even just a glass of apple juice with breakfast, I want it all. One of my favorites has always been apple butter, but time and time again I simply forget about it because I don’t see it too much here on the west coast like you do living in the midwest.
The other day, while shopping at Trader Joe’s, I found a loaf of gluten free cinnamon raisin bread. I threw it my cart and instantly knew I wanted warm apple butter to spread on it for breakfasts throughout the week. It would be just like I had it growing up. So, while in the store I picked up 4 pounds of honey crisp apples, a jar of honey crisp apple cider and went home determined to figure out how to make homemade crockpot cinnamon apple butter.
It does take around 10 hours to make, but the crockpot is doing all the work and you get the pleasantry of having your house spell like warm cinnamon apple pie.
This recipe was inspired by the incredibly talented food blogger and cookbook author, Half Baked Harvest. I simply added a bit more vanilla and cinnamon since I really love those flavor profiles. Plus, her recipe called for honey crisp apples and that’s just what I bought!
I’m a bit spoiled in that my Aunt & Uncle who live in northern Wisconsin harvest their own maple syrup each year and it’s so gosh darn delicious. There is no substitute for using the real stuff and now my apple butter really reminds me of home because there is a piece of them right in the recipe.
I love to enjoy my crockpot cinnamon apple butter on toasted bread, pumpkin spiced waffles, cinnamon swirl protein pancakes and even on a roasted ham. This recipes makes quite a bit, so after I spooned the mixture into varying jars, I wrapped some of them with twine and added a cute kraft paper tag to give to my neighbors. I already got a text last night from one of them saying how much she loved it!
It is after all the season of giving.