Embrace the comforting flavors of fall with this homemade Apple Butter recipe. Perfectly capturing the essence of ripe apples and warm spices, this velvety spread is a versatile addition to your pantry. Enjoy it on toast, swirled into yogurt, or as a flavorful ingredient in various recipes.
(Yields about 3 cups):
6-7 medium apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon each of ground cloves, nutmeg, and allspice
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Cook the Apples:
In a large pot, combine apples, both sugars, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until apples are soft and sugars dissolve.
Simmer and Blend:
Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20-25 minutes until thickened.
Use an immersion or regular blender to puree the apples until smooth.
Add Flavorful Touches:
Stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract to enhance the tangy and aromatic notes.
Store and Enjoy:
Cool the apple butter before transferring to airtight jars or containers.
Refrigerate for up to 2-3 weeks or freeze for longer storage.
This Apple Butter brings a taste of fall to your palate, reminiscent of apple-picking days and cozy evenings. Its rich texture and spice blend offer a comforting and nostalgic flavor. Whether spread on morning toast or used in recipes, it’s a delightful treat that warms the heart and pleases the taste buds.