Luscious Apple Butter

Apple Butter has a silky texture that makes it seem buttery!  This recipe is not your simple, just apples, apple butter—it’s deep and flavorful.  Spicy, tangy, and thick, this will make a plain slice of toast sing . . .

Early fall apples are the best, because they are more likely to be firm and tart.  Golden delicious and Macintosh make a good combination, but there are many wonderful kinds available in the supermarket if you don’t happen to have an orchard in your back yard.  Smell the apples and choose the most fragrant ones.

Using apple butter in a muffin recipe will help to make it moist and tasty.

Apple Butter

6 lbs apples, 2 or 3 types

½ cup apple cider

1 lime, juiced

½ cup water

1-2 oz fresh ginger root (one medium branch)

2 ½ cups granulated sugar

½ cup Demerara sugar

1 tbls ground cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

½ tsp mace

½ tsp cloves

¼ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp allspice

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Golden Delicious Apples Pare, core, and chop apples for the food processor.  Process until finely diced and place in heavy bottomed pot with cider.  Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until apples are cooked, roughly 20-30 minutes.  At this point, if the sauce is too chunky, you can use a hand blender to make it as smooth as you like.  A few small pieces of apple will add texture to the butter.

Peel and slice the fresh ginger and place in food processor with the water and lime juice.  Process until ginger root is well shredded.  Add to the apples along with the spices and sugar and continue to stir and simmer until the mixture thickens fully.  Then, bring to the boil again, remove from heat, and ladle into prepared jars.  Process in a canner for 10 minutes.

Serve on toast, rolls, or bagels, or use in a muffin recipe that calls for applesauce.

Five pint-sized jars (500 ml) with lids should be adequate.

For an even spicier apple butter recipe, try our Sizzling Apple Butter with three times the ginger! Ginger gives the condiment more texture as well as flavor, and ginger is known as an enhancement to digestion.


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