Silly as it sounds, making Apple Butter is the easiest thing ever since the Pres and I found this recipe in the paper a few years ago.
It's done in a crock pot and it effortless with exception of growing the apple trees, caring for the apple trees, harvesting the apples, peeling/coring/slicing the apples with my magic LLBean apple corer/peeler/slicer that I've had for years.
This recipe is for a crock-pot or slow cooker!
12 cooking apples (14 cups), peeled, cored, sliced and placed in pot
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Stir in sugar and spices. Cover and cook on high heat for 4 hours. Uncover, stir and cook on high 2-2 1/2 hours more or until apples are very tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. Cool at least 1 hour (or cover and refrigerate overnight). When cool, process in blender or food processor in batches.