crockpot, hot summer cooking, pepper jelly, It’s still really hot outside, and firing up the oven will just make your house fight with Mother Nature, so your crockpot is still a hot summer’s best kitchen friend!

This recipe for Texas Crockpot Apple Butter is super easy and SUPER DELICIOUS, and your family will love it.

I always begin this process right before bedtime. There’s nothing like dreaming while wonderful aromas waft all through the house. . . .

Ingredients:

1 dozen apples, peeled, cored, cubed
1/4 Cup Water
1/4 cup Apple Habanero Rib Candy
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon All Spice

What to do:

Toss all of the above into your crockpot, mix well, put the lid on it, set it on “low,” and go to bed.

When you get up in the morning, give it a stir and replace the lid, but put a spoon under the lid so it’s vented JUST A LITTLE BIT. Go on to work.

When you get home, remove the lid and give it another stir. It’s still quite lumpy, but that’s how my kids like it best. My husband, however, wants apple butter to be smooth and lump-less, like, you know, butter. So for him, I either whisk away the lumps or, if the lumps are stubborn (it depends on the kind of apples you used!) I pour it into the blender.

It’s now ready to eat, and you’ll have to slap hands away from it or they’ll be scooping it right out of the jars you’ve poured it into. Freeze some of it and put the rest in the refrigerator, if you can pry it out of your family’s hands.

This is fantastic fresh homemade apple butter with a Texas kick to it. You’ll not find anything like this in a store. Fortunately, it’s easy to make!