Homemade Apple Butter
With only three main ingredients in the recipe—apples, water and sugar—apple butter is an easy project for families after a great visit to one of the many area orchards. Not only is it low in sugar, it makes a great topping for breads, rolls, ice cream and cakes.
1 pound any variety apples, washed, quartered and cored
1/2 cup water
1/2 to 1 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
- In a medium saucepan, combine apples and water. Bring to a
boil, reduce heat to very low and simmer until apples look like
applesauce, stirring occasionally.
- Pass the puree through a sieve or food mill. Mix the strained
puree with the sugar and spices.
- Place sweetened pulp in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for
20 minutes at a time, stirring frequently until thick enough so the
butter doesn't run off a spoon when turned upside down.
- Parents should place hot butter in hot sterilized jars, leaving
1/4-inch headspace. Cover with hot sterilized lids and rings.
Remove to counter and allow to cool before storing in a cool, dry,
dark place. The butter can be kept refrigerated for up to three
weeks or frozen for up to one year.
Makes 1 pint of Apple Butter
Prep Time: 5 minutes