Apple Butter

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Yield
Makes 3-4 quarts.
Course
Preparation Method

Apple Butter

Make your own apple butter with this simple recipe. Apple butter is a delicious alternative to peanut butter, and a great way to use fresh apples.

See Best Cooking Apples and use the varieties you would use for applesauce.

Cortland apples work well because they don't oxidize as rapidly when cut as do other varieties. 

Ingredients
1/2 peck, or 6 pounds of Grade B apples
2 cups, or less, apple cider
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
zest and juice from 1 lemon
Instructions

Wash apples and quarter them (coring and peeling is unnecessary), and cook until soft, adding enough cider to get them started without scorching. When the apples are soft, sieve them and add remaining ingredients. Simmer in a heavy pan over very low heat, uncovered, until desired thickness is reached. Stir often to avoid burning.

Comments

Linda (not verified)

1 month ago

I can’t see the amounts used in this recipe would yield 3-4 quarts.

The Editors

1 month ago

In reply to by Linda (not verified)

Hi, Linda. The yield will likely be closer to 3 quarts, but apples comes in many sizes so in some cases it may yield more.

sherry Colin (not verified)

1 month 3 weeks ago

what about the lemon and lemon juice? Do you cook it also and will that be a nice tart flavor??
The recipe says season with remaining ingredients--throw in the rind ?

The Editors

1 month 3 weeks ago

In reply to by sherry Colin (not verified)

Hi, Sherry. We understand that the directions can be confusing. We have updated the recipe to be more clear. Enjoy.

Suzanne Brooks (not verified)

2 months ago

I made this and really love it. Best I've had since childhhod. I put it on my morning oatmeal instead of other sweeteners. Spicy and delicious and so easy to make.