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

Recipe by Cooking Light December 2003

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Credit: Photography: Karry Hosford

Recipe Summary

Yield:
4 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Chef'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.

Nutrition Facts

76 calories; calories from fat 4%; fat 0.3g; saturated fat 0.1g; mono fat 0g; poly fat 0.1g; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 19.6g; fiber 1.8g; cholesterol 0mg; iron 0.1mg; sodium 40mg; calcium 7mg.
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