Makes: 5 pint sized jars
A good friend of mine has two large apples trees in her backyard, and in an attempt to make use of these delicious sweet and crisp apples I decided to make an apple butter, which I've never made before. I have made apple sauce, but I'm never a fan of the consistency and mouth feel, so I figured a butter would solve that.
I find that the apple trees most people have in their yards often produce a starchy less sweet apple than you can buy, but these apples are great.
1 grocery bag full of apples- peeled and diced fine- I would estimate I have about 30-40 apples completely filling my crock pot.
1 star anise seed
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 large pinch of salt
1/4 cup water
Mix everything well in the crock pot. Place on high for 1 hour, then switch to low for another 8-10 hours until the mixture has completely caramelized and the pieces of apple are so soft they are mushing when stirred.