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Monday, April 18, 2016

Better Apple Butter - Mondays With MiMi


     We started making our own Apple Butter a few years ago when I wanted to have control over the kind (and quantity) of sweeteners we were putting into our bodies. I love cooking with local raw honey so that is what I use most often. I love the flavor that maple syrup adds to Apple Butter. Since my son, Clint, brings apples to me in the fall I turn them into applesauce. I hope to share that recipe with you this fall when I make more. It is very easy to make and we like it so much better than the store-bought applesauce. Cooking it down into an apple butter is a great way to enjoy that taste of fall all year long. 

My favorite way to cook it down is on my wood-burning fireplace. I shared this recipe making it on the stove because I know most people don't have access to a wood-burning fireplace. Doesn't that look homey for a cold day? And I wish I could share the aroma. It's wonderful!



Better Apple Butter
makes 1 1/2 pints

Ingredients:
1 quart apple sauce 
1 T. cinnamon or apple pie spice 
2 T. pure maple syrup 
2T. honey
Juice of 1/2 a lemon, optional 

  1. Spread the applesauce in the bottom of a skillet.  I use a 10.25 inch pre seasoned cast-iron skillet for this so there is plenty of space for evaporation. The more space there is for evaporation – the quicker your apple butter will be ready to enjoy.
  2. Turn your burner to the lowest setting. Stir in the cinnamon, syrup and honey. If you like it sweeter you may add more syrup and or honey as you choose. Also add the lemon juice if you are using it. I think it gives a fresher flavor to your Apple Butter.
  3. Continue to cook over low heat stirring every half hour until it is thick and the consistency that you like.  I use homemade applesauce and it takes about 2 1/2 hours for it to cook down the way we like it. There is a lot of flexibility in this recipe. You can cook it at a higher temperature but it will need to be stirred more often and it will splatter. If you like it spicy, feel free to add more spices. I would suggest waiting until it cooks down before adding extra sweetener or spices.
  4. Enjoy immediately on a piece of your favorite toast. Store the rest in a glass jar in the refrigerator or freezer in the freezer for longer storage. 

22 comments:

  1. Ohhhh, this sounds like such a good recipe for apple butter! I haven't tried making my own yet, it's on my list. One of my girlfriends makes it and I always get some from her, but I think I need to try my own!

    Hope you had a great weekend Carlee! :-)

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    1. MiMi loves to make it with homemade applesauce, but any applesauce would do. It is really easy to make and so good!

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  2. Apple butter makes me so happy! We always have a jar on hand and I just love it on homemade bread! My boys prefer the Amish peanut butter but I'm in Applebutter girl all the way!

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    1. Mmmm! I've never had Amish peanut butter, now I need to try that too!

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  3. Wow Carlee, this sounds so good. Thanks for the recipe. Hope you have a nice week. :)
    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Have a lovely one yourself!

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  5. This is great! Always wanted to learn to make apple butter. Thanks for posting!

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    1. It is really easy and so good! MiMi loves making it with her homemade applesauce and the maple is so yummy in it!

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  6. Oh, I love how good this looks! I'm a huge fan of apple butter, so I might just have to try this recipe! Thanks!

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  7. Would you think I was weird if I said I was in love with your wood burning stove? Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays.

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  8. When we were kids my mom used to make apple butter. This brings back lovely morning memories in a warm kitchen eating a piece of toast with apple butter. I've never tried to make my own. I don't know why. This looks extremely tasty and I am pinning this so I can come back to it. Tell Mimi I love her wood-burning stove! What a great way to spread the aroma of apple butter throughout the whole house!

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    1. Isn't her stove cool? Of course the apple butter comes out great on the stovetop too, but there is something about doing it on the wood stove!

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  9. When I was growing up, my parents always made apple butter and there is just nothing better! I have not made it myself for years. I have not seen a stove like what you cook it on but I bet it truly does help make it delicious.

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    1. If nothing else, it makes it more fun! There is something really good about fresh homemade apple butter!

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  10. Apple butter is my fav! I love it with some warm biscuits. Thanks so much for the recipe! So glad you stopped by Inspiration Thursday.

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    1. Ooh! I wish I had some warm biscuits right now, that sounds so good!

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  11. This looks so tasty, Carlee! Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday:).

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