This is from the "Cranberry Festival Recipes" booklet I picked up at the cranberry festival in Bordentown NJ (where one of the Ocean Spray facilities is located) many years ago. It was submitted by a woman from Vincetown NJ and is one of my favorite apple butters. I usually use the cranapple juice.
- Core and chop apple; do not peel.
- Combine apples, cranberries and cranapple juice in a slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high for five hours.
- Puree in sieve, food mill or processor.
- Return pureed mixture to crock pot and add sugar, cinnamon and cloves.
- Cover and cook on high for 1 to 2 hours.
I seem to be on a kick what with making recipes that include cranberries, but I absolutely love those little red buggers, & since I've got bags & bags of frozen berries, this butter recipe gives me another great way of using them! Thank you for a great-tasting 'butter' & a new addition to my Holiday Gift Ideas cookbook! [Made & reviewed in Tag It RED!]
This is a nice change from regular apple butter. I used 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup Splenda, so mine didn't thicken as much in the allotted time, but that is okay, because I can it and use it as a fat substitute in quick breads, instead of apple sauce. Gives breads a nice extra flavor boost, and I am sure the addition of cranberries will really zing up my baked goods. Made for Spring 2008 PAC.
I make this a lot. Sometimes I used leftover homemade cranberry sauce and combine it with homemade crockpot applesauce and heat it up in the crock pot on low just to meld the flavors. I don't use cloves, I use star anise. This is delicious. Visitors think I am making apple pies and usually settle for a large ladle full on top of vanilla ice cream. I'm sure everyone will love this recipe.