I'd never made apple butter before, but based on cursory internet research, it seemed to be just spiced, caramelized applesauce.
Which, I can now tell you, it is. I made it and it turned out great: melt-on-your tongue spiced apple!
My recipe took twelve hours of crock pot time and was very easy.
Step 1: Ingredients & Equipment
Spices- I used ginger, cinnamon, and clove
Brown sugar, if you want to sweeten it
Step 2: Prepare Apples
You don't have to cut them any smaller than slices; they'll cook down.
(Cut them smaller if you're in a hurry; they'll cook faster.)
If you want, peel the apples.
I didn't, and I haven't found the skins to be obnoxious; rather, it adds texture.
However, if you want to take the time, go ahead and peel the skins off.
Step 3: Put it in the Crock Pot
Add a little bit of water. This is just to keep the apples from sticking to the bottom; we'll try to evaporate it out later.
Cover crock pot and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally (once an hour or so).