Slow-cooked apple butter

Homemade condiments are always worth the effort - and this apple butter is no different! Full of depth and flavour, this simple slow-cooked recipes is the perfect topping for porridge and desserts.

  • 7 hrs cooking
  • Makes 3 cups
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  • 1 kg apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cooking salt
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthways


  • 1
    Combine apple, juice, sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt and cloves in a 4.5-litre slow cooker. Cook, covered, on High for 6 hours.
  • 2
    Uncover; add vanilla bean. Boil, uncovered and stirring, for 20 minutes or until thick and browned. Discard vanilla bean and cloves.
  • 3
    Pour hot apple butter into hot sterilised jars; seal immediately. Label and date jars when cold.


Serve on porridge sprinkled with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and honey.