We've already talked about making apple butter this fall, but let's revisit the topic and talk about our favorite shortcut for making fruit butters. We had a ton of late season peaches to use up last week, so we popped them into the slow cooker.
To make apple or peach butter in the CrockPot, all you need to do is cut them up and peel them, if you wish, and pop them into the slow cooker. No need for water or other liquids. Add a little sugar, if you wish; we added about 1/4 cup of brown sugar to our five pounds of peaches — more for flavor than for sweetness. We added a lemon's worth of juice, just because these peaches were so low in acidity, and we added a few teaspoons of cinnamon and cloves.
We turned the slow cooker on low and cooked the peaches for about 14 hours. They were still a little watery after this, so we reduced the sauce on the stovetop for about a half hour after it finished cooking.
Ta-da! Easy peasy fruit butter. Have you ever used this method to make apple or peach butter?
(Images: Faith Durand)