You can use Pressure cooker, Stove top or microwave to make this. I don't normally use M/W for cooking and would have used pressure cooker. But to show you how it is made at every stage, I have used Stove top for today's post. But I would recommend pressure cooking since it traps flavors better than stove top and is more aromatic.
Second attempt at applebutter here. First time I mainly peeled the apples for my sister. This time, my daughter (13) and I did all the work. worked out pretty good, we think! We simply peeled the apples, boiled them till soft, then put in food processor with sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and a little all-spice (to suit taste). I love honey, so put a little of that in each batch as well. Mixed well, then put in prepared jars and water bath to seal. Now let’s see if I can do this apple jelly my sister told me about…..
I just wrote a blog post about making this recipe. Super easy! Check it out HERE!
As I mentioned, anything which is sweet tart variety will be perfect. I havent tasted that variety hence am not sure personally how it tastes. This link gives other sweet tart variety of apples - http://homecooking.about.com/od/fruit/a/applevarieties.htm
Basically there is no difference between apple butter and apple sauce. The only difference I would say is the consistency of the end product. Apple sauce as the name depicts is more sauce like while the apple butter is thick. But both can be made with and without sweeteners and spices. Essentially its a fruit Jam which you can also water down a bit to make fruit sauce as topping for ice cream etc. Some articles say that - "Apple butter is made with applesauce - meaning to say they add spices to it, while applesauce is not". But I have found recipes where applesauce has spices and sweeteners while apple butter does not have sweeteners/spices. So to say it one word - its the thickness and consistency that's the difference :) Hope this helps :)
Oops sorry! Totally my mistake. Instead of Granny I had a typo - Grammy! Have corrected it :)
Oh yes, definitely. In a slow cooker esp, you will get a deeper and brown color :) and you can use any sweeteners