Homemade apple butter is a cinch to prepare and is delicious when spread on toast, bagels, and more.
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- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Place apple mixture in a food processor; pulse 6 times or until chunky. Return to pan.
- 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.
- Note: Store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to 1 month.
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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