This has been the best apple year I've ever had. I never spray my trees, so I have to cut out the bad spots. This is a dishpan full of windfall apples... and... here are the jars of apple butter I made today!
I have never followed a recipe, as they call for apple cider and I didn't used to ever have money to buy that. My apple butter is just made with cut up apples (no need to core or peel), some water, not a lot, and cooked slowly and put through the Foley Food Mill.
Then I add brown sugar, white sugar, lots of cinnamon and some ground cloves. I don't measure anything. I just throw it together until it tastes "right." Then I put it into a Crockpot, leave the lid off and cook it on low until it is as thick as I want it to be.
These were processed for 5 minutes in a steam canner.
It really is yummy.