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Apple Butter

Photography: Karry Hosford
Yield 4 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Homemade apple butter is a cinch to prepare and is delicious when spread on toast, bagels, and more. 

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of ground cloves
  • 2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 star anise

Nutrition Information

  • calories 76
  • caloriesfromfat 4 %
  • fat 0.3 g
  • satfat 0.1 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 0.2 g
  • carbohydrate 19.6 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.1 mg
  • sodium 40 mg
  • calcium 7 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine apples and cider in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, 30 minutes or until apples are tender.

  2. Place apple mixture in a food processor; pulse 6 times or until chunky. Return to pan.

  3. Stir in sugar and remaining ingredients. Cook over low heat 1 hour or until thick, stirring occasionally. Discard cinnamon and star anise. Cover and chill.

  4. Note: Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Cook's Notes

This treat needs to be refrigerated; a clear glass jar with a secure lid will work best. Tie a cinnamon stick and star anise to the jar with a ribbon or raffia to both decorate and hint at the flavorings inside. It's a spicy partner for toasted slices of Cheddar-Asiago Potato Bread, so consider giving them together. This is chunky apple butter, but if you like it smooth, process the mixture a bit longer.