Homemade apple butter

With only three main ingredients in the recipeapples, water and sugarapple 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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine apples and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to very low and simmer until apples look like apple sauce, stirring occasionally.
  2. Pass the puree through a sieve or food mill. Mix the strained puree with the sugar and spices.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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