A wonderful apple butter that really tastes like a caramel apple. My family has come to expect this for Christmas, and it is loved by all!
Servings: 7 - half pint jars
3 pounds apples (any kind)
2 cups sugar (white or brown or combination)
2 Tbsp cider vinegar
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
44 caramels (unwrapped if individually wrapped)
Puree apples using favorite method. Place 7 cups of apple puree in a crock pot with sugar. (If your crock pot is large enough, this can be doubled.) Cook the pulp down (uncovered) over high heat setting, until a butter consistency is reached. (This takes me about 3 – 4 hours.)
Stir in the spices, vinegar and caramels. Heat through, stirring to melt caramels. Check temperature with a thermometer. This needs to be between 140 and 165 degrees. (Higher is better.) If crock pot can’t get hot enough, transfer to a pan and heat on the stove, stirring constantly to avoid scorching.
Fill prepared jars to within 1/2 inch of top and cap with two piece lids. Seal and water bath process for 10 minutes (pints or smaller.)
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