The smell of apples and spices are a simple comfort when its cold outside. When you combine apples, spices, butter and sugar it gets even better. I was lucky enough to have a friend who had extra apples on her trees and was given a 5 gallon bucket of these home grown little gems. They were small and tart and very firm, but that meant they cooked down a little more slowly and they had a wonderful intense flavor.
I did a simple combination of sugar, cinnamon, allspice, lemon juice and apples in the slow cooker. Setting the slow cooker to low the cooking process for the apple butter lasted around 10 hours. Watching the liquid evaporate and replacing it as needed and watching the color go to a rich brown.
Short bread crust:
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
Cream butter and sugar together and then incorporate the flour to create a medium crum. Press into a 9″ square baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes until firm. Cool and top with apple butter mixture. And bake a second time for 25 minutes until the top is set.
The apple butter was simply made by peeling and coring apple,adding sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice and reducing in a slow cooker for 12 hours.