Apple Butter

Photography: Karry Hosford

Homemade apple butter is a cinch to prepare and is delicious when spread on toast, bagels, and more. 

Yield: 4 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 76
  • Calories from fat: 4%
  • Fat: 0.3g
  • Saturated fat: 0.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 19.6g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.1mg
  • Sodium: 40mg
  • Calcium: 7mg

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

Preparation

  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.
Note:

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.

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