Hey there, lovely folks! Ineskohl here, back in the kitchen and I’ve got something simply fantastic to share with you today. I’m buzzing with excitement because we’re making my all-time favorite – Apple Butter! Now, I know what you might be thinking – “Apple Butter? What’s so special about that?” Well, let me tell you, once you’ve had a taste of this homemade delight, you’ll be wondering where it’s been all your life!
You see, Apple Butter is a little bit like applesauce, but it’s thicker, richer and jam-packed with layers of flavor. Imagine the taste of Granny Smith apples, tart and crisp, simmered down with aromatic spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. There’s a hint of apple cider vinegar in there too, lending its tangy edge to balance out the sweetness.
Now, picture spreading that on a warm piece of toast in the morning. Or maybe adding it as a filling in a tart. Yum, right? I promise you, it’s a game-changer!
So are you ready to whip up a batch of this golden goodness with me? Let’s create some delicious memories together in the kitchen! Remember, the key to a great recipe is not just the ingredients, it’s the love and joy you pour into it. And trust me, this Apple Butter recipe is going to fill your home with love, joy and the irresistible aroma of cooking apples and spices. You’re in for a treat!
Stay tuned for the step-by-step guide coming right up. You’ve got this, let’s get cooking!
Can I leave the peel on the apples?
Absolutely, you can! Just remember, if you decide to leave the peels on, you’ll want to puree your cooked apples a bit longer to make sure all those peels are well processed.
How long does this homemade Apple Butter last?
Stored in a sanitized jar in the refrigerator, this apple butter should stay fresh for about two weeks. But trust me, it’s so good it probably won’t last that long!
Can I freeze Apple Butter?
Yes, you can freeze apple butter! If you’ve made a big batch and want to save some for later, just pop it in the freezer. When you’re ready to use it, let it thaw in the fridge.
How can I use this Apple Butter?
So many ways, my friend! Spread it on your morning toast, use it as a filling in desserts, stir it into your oatmeal, or even pair it with a sharp cheese. The options are endless!
I don’t have a blender. Can I still make Apple Butter?
You bet! If you don’t have a blender, a food processor works great. And if you don’t have one of those, an immersion blender or even a potato masher will do the trick. You might end up with a chunkier apple butter, but hey, some folks prefer it that way!
- 5 extra-large Granny Smith apples (approximately 3 pounds)
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 3/4 cups apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Begin by coring and chopping the apples into small chunks. Transfer these into a cast iron pan.
- Add the sugar, apple cider vinegar, water, and spices (cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and nutmeg) into the pan with the apples. Stir everything together to ensure the apples are well coated. (source:ineskohl.info)
- Cover the pan with a lid and let the apples simmer for about 18-20 minutes, or until the apples are very soft.
- Transfer the cooked apples into a blender and pulse until a fine puree forms. If you’ve left the peels on, ensure to puree for a few extra minutes.
- Pour the pureed apples back into the pan. Over low heat, let the mixture simmer for another 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Continue this process until the apple puree reduces and forms a thick spread.
- Finally, transfer the apple butter into sanitized glass jars and let cool before sealing and refrigerating.