Homemade Apple Butter
Apple butter has always been a special treat for us. When I was a kid it was my dad’s favorite. We used to buy apple butter and give it to him for birthdays, Father’s Day and even Christmas.
We obviously didn’t get very creative but he always seemed to be so surprised! Nowadays, I make homemade apple butter and Dad still gets it from time to time as a gift….hope I didn’t spoil the next birthday surprise Dad!
Making this fruit butter is a lot like making apple sauce except you add a bit more sugar and cinnamon and cloves. I like to leave mine just ever so chunky, but you could cook it longer for a very smooth consistency.
The toughest part of making this butter is not letting it burn. It gets very thick. You do need to keep stirring it regularly. I also add a bit of water at the beginning and this helps put a barrier between the apples and the heat.
Another delicious way to use this apple butter is in these Oat Bars.
Other canning recipes you might want to try:
Homemade apple butter with spices.
- 5 pounds apples
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cloves
- Peel and core apples.
- Place into a heavy stock pot with about 1/4 cup of water in the base of pot.
Heat on medium low heat until apples start to soften.
- Stir apples to prevent scorching.
- When apples are soft but still have large chunks, puree mixture with an immersion blender.
- Add sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Continue cooking over low heat until desired thickness is achieved.
- Ladle into canning jars and process in hot water bath or freeze in freezer safe containers.