How To Make Homemade Apple Butter – Easy, Delicious, Small Batch

by Sherry Riter in Cooking  ,Food,Fruit

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When I tantalized and teased you with my homemade apple sauce, did apple butter even cross your mind for an instant? No? Well, I think apple butter is the fancy, rich sister of apple sauce. ;)

Today I am going to teach you how to make my very delicious apple butter which will be completely homemade and without any added preservatives! Woohoo! I know you can buy apple butter in the grocery store, BUT it is loaded with preservatives and that is why I like making my meals from scratch as much as possible. With a little bit and I mean LITTLE BIT of effort, you can have fresh apple butter.

By the way, you can double, triple or whatever you want to multiply the recipe to make as much apple butter as you want and need. I just like doing the small batch because with only one or two living in a household, it ensures that none of the apple butter will get old and moldy in the refrigerator. You know what I’m talking about – those horrible science projects in the refrigerator. Ewwww!

 

Homemade Apple Butter – Easy, Delicious, Small Batch

This recipe is SO EASY and I will take all the mystery out of how to make delicious homemade apple butter. The first thing you want to do is to prepare the apples, so wash, peel, core and dice the apples into tiny chunks. This will make the beginning of the recipe cook quickly.

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Remember, we are basically making apple sauce first.

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Pour the water into a large flat pan like a frying pan. Add the apples, lemon peel, orange peel and salt.

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Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 35 minutes or until apples are completely soft and liquid has mostly cooked off.

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Remove the lemon and orange peels. Spoon the apples into a blender.

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Turn on the high setting until liquified (approximately 1 minute).

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Pour into a crockpot set on low. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, vanilla extract and additional water.

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Cook for 23 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid the last 1-2 hours until the apple butter is a thick consistency.

Yes! You read that correctly. You are going to cook the apple mixture for 23 hours on low. It truly takes that long for all the spices to reach perfection.

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The apple butter does turn out totally perfect.

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Mmmmmmm…

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Deliciously rich and packed full of flavor, the apple butter will delight you if eaten alone.

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You could, of course, slather it over hot, buttered biscuits too.

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Each bite is an explosion of warm, rich flavor.

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The apple butter tastes so delicious and it feels…peaceful and comforting. It also makes me remember Graves’ Mountain Apple Festival with Alyssa.

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Oh! It is also has just the right amount of sweetness.

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After you make your own apple butter, not only will you always prefer it over what you buy at the store, but you won’t ever waste a drop.

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Since I was all alone, I actually licked the plate clean. Country girls are allowed to do that sort of thing. It’s actually sexy. LOL I know my mother is going to say otherwise, but believe me! Lick that plate and see how sexy you look and feel. ;)

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I love cooking and eating. I guess it is rather obvious.

 

Homemade Apple Butter – Easy, Delicious, Small Batch

Ingredients:

8 apples, washed, peeled, cored and diced (I used 4 Gala and 4 Jonagold)
2 short strips of lemon peel
4 long strips orange peel (about 1/6 of an orange)
Less than 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water initially

1/4 cup brown sugar, not packed
1/4 cup white sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon clove
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup water

Directions:

Half of my apples were of a sweet variety and the other half were a little tart. Wash, peel, core and dice the apples into tiny chunks. This will make it cook quickly.

Pour the water into a large flat pan like a frying pan. Add the apples, lemon peel, orange peel and salt.
Cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 35 minutes or until apples are completely soft and liquid has mostly cooked off.

Remove the lemon and orange peels.

Spoon the apples into a blender. Turn on the high setting until liquified (approximately 1 minute).

Pour what can now be called “apple sauce” into a crockpot set on low. Add brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, vanilla extract and additional water. Cook for 23 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove lid the last 1-2 hours until the apple butter is a thick consistency.

Yeild: Approximately 16 ounces of apple butter which is a “small batch”

 

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