***Updated October 2010: I added cider to the recipe per a co-worker's suggestion and added a picture of my own -- you learn a little with a little more blogging experience, like remembering to take pictures when you want to blog something. I also increased the cinnamon and added a little nutmeg this time around.***
Such an easy treat... and a great way to use up apples - especially ones that are a little bruised or starting to get mushy.
About 15 apples (depends on the size of your crock pot and your apples - I used a 5 qt crock pot and had medium sized apples)
1 cup apple cider
Peel, core, and thinly slice all the apples until your crock pot is full. Turn it on high, add cider and cook for about an hour, then turn heat to low and cook about 8-10 hours.
(Picture via Google Images - I forgot to take one)Part 2:
2 - 2 1/2 cups sugar
4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
When you take off the lid, the apples should be reduced to about half their volume and most of the chunks should be gone. Add sugar and spices, stir until well mixed and cook on low for approximately 8 more hours. If its still not smooth, blend with an immersion blender or in a food processor or blender. Spoon into jars and enjoy. Keep refrigerated for about 2 weeks or can by processing in a water bath.