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What do I do with apple butter?

sandrina Sep 17, 2006 06:58 PM

I recently go a jar of apple butter. Any suggestions?

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  1. The Ranger RE: sandrina Sep 17, 2006 07:10 PM

    Applebutter sandwiches! (A little peanut butter and you're good to go!)

    A dollop of applebutter with pork loin or pork chops.

    Or a cup of applebutter as dessert.

    Some of my fondest canning memories are of our applebutter session as a kid.

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      bijoux16 RE: sandrina Sep 17, 2006 08:04 PM

      swirl it into some cottage cheese, sprinkle with grapenuts, add raisins if you like them.. that's my default breakfast

      1. amkirkland RE: sandrina Sep 17, 2006 08:26 PM

        Add it to your morning oatmeal. You do have oatmeal for breakfast, right?

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          Cinnamon RE: sandrina Sep 17, 2006 08:30 PM

          Used to go to a restaurant where a pool of wonderful apple butter was served in the middle of some great full-fat cottage cheese. Love that.

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            JRL RE: sandrina Sep 17, 2006 10:47 PM

            From Tyler Florence, a grilled turkey,brie and apple butter sandwich. Here's the linke:

            1. Glencora RE: sandrina Sep 17, 2006 11:51 PM

              A grilled ham (very thinly sliced), cheddar and apple butter sandwich is good, too.

              1. stefibles RE: sandrina Sep 17, 2006 11:59 PM

                Heat flour tortillas with a little oil and then roll them up with the apple butter as filling. I like to then sprinkle them with a little cinnamon and sugar and toss them back in the skillet for a bit to caramelize the sugar and give them a crispy coating.

                1. Infomaniac RE: sandrina Sep 18, 2006 12:20 AM

                  I like to melt apple butter and pour it over pecans that have been warmed in the oven, then sprinkle with a little salt and eat or serve while warm. it's really good.

                  1. sandrina RE: sandrina Sep 18, 2006 01:29 AM

                    Thanks for all the great suggestions...especially the one of stirring it into my oatmeal or into cottage cheese. I eat oatmeal quite frequently, and I think this will definitely kick things up a bit! I'm also going to be having it with pork chops this week. This stuff is so good, I've been eating it right out of the jar with a spoon!

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                      GG Mora RE: sandrina Oct 18, 2006 12:47 PM

                      Just wondering...what brand of apple butter is it?

                    2. rworange RE: sandrina Sep 18, 2006 01:39 AM

                      I can't believe no one has mentioned what it was meant for ... slathered on biscuits or muffins. There's a restuarant in SF that serves apple butter with a basket of it's house-made min-muffins and rolls. It is especiall good on one of their yeasty rolls ... roll, spread with butter, topped with apple butter. Sometimes they do other fruit butters like peach or strawberry.

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                        Katie Nell RE: rworange Sep 18, 2006 03:34 PM

                        I know! Biscuits all the way! Mmmm...

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                          Candy RE: Katie Nell Sep 18, 2006 08:00 PM

                          Or toast too.

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                            Florida Hound RE: Candy Oct 14, 2012 06:31 PM

                            Add BAGELS to the list of "goes great with Apple Butter."

                            Another thought... A couple of weeks ago, our church had light refreshments and desserts after an evening service (several area churches come together on the "fifth Sundays" for a community service). One of our contributions to the evening was a plate of banana bread, with 3 jars of Fall flavors of spread: Apple Butter, Pumpkin Butter, and Sweet Potato Butter.
                            We got many comments and compliments on the variety that for some reason people just never thought of having around their own kitchens.

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                          Emme RE: rworange Oct 16, 2012 07:08 PM

                          when i was a kid, we used to put it on rice cakes (don't ask...). that and apricot jam. one of each was a favored snack.

                          the other way to eat apple butter IMO is with a spoon.

                        3. saraeanderson RE: sandrina Sep 18, 2006 01:47 AM

                          If you want to make a lower-fat carrot cake, replace some of the volume of oil called for with apple butter.

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                            dantheculinaryman RE: sandrina Sep 18, 2006 03:20 PM

                            I worked in a restaurant years ago that made an apple butter bbq sauce. I do not have the recipe, but you should be able to adapt your favorite recipe. It was good.

                            Ditto on replacing some fat with apple butter.

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                              Siobhan RE: dantheculinaryman Jul 27, 2010 01:36 PM

                              Here's a barbecue rib recipe with apple butter in the sauce. It's awesome!

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                              amoncada RE: sandrina Sep 18, 2006 03:40 PM

                              Apple Butter on Pancakes is excellent.

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                                alixium RE: amoncada Jun 18, 2009 04:03 PM

                                yes! on pancakes with plain yogurt!

                              2. AnneInMpls RE: sandrina Sep 18, 2006 07:05 PM

                                It sounds like this jar of apple butter won't last long! For the next jar, try a cake made with apple butter instead of some of the oil. Eating Well's Favorites cookbook has a recipe for carrot cake that sounds good, and I found this Apple Spice Cake recipe online:



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                                  wendyb RE: sandrina Sep 18, 2006 08:08 PM

                                  Absolutely apple butter with pork chops or pork tenderloin. Also, try it on French toast - or for that matter, plain old ordinary toast! And (because I just thought about it and it sounded good), how about with a ham sandwich, or just with ham in general? Almost all pork is good with a bit of sweet...except possibly pigs' feet.


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                                    theheadhen RE: sandrina Oct 17, 2006 04:02 PM

                                    I once took some apple butter and added dried Colman's mustard and a wee bit of vinegar to it and then made a sandwich spread that i then used to make lovely grilled ham and cheese sandwiches
                                    it was tart, sweet, salty, slightly spicy and oozy cheesy delicious

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                                      Kelli2006 RE: theheadhen Oct 17, 2006 04:55 PM

                                      Apple butter is great on latkes, but my favorite use is for waffles or oatmeal.

                                    2. Karl S RE: sandrina Oct 17, 2006 05:06 PM

                                      Face cream.

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                                        maria lorraine RE: Karl S Jun 22, 2009 09:16 PM

                                        Body paint.

                                        I've eaten homemade apple butter out of the jar with a spoon. I can get carried away.
                                        I like to spread it on good wheat toast along with Plugra butter.

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                                          Dee S RE: maria lorraine Jun 23, 2009 01:59 PM

                                          We must be clones.....right down to the wheat toast and Plugra!

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                                        HillJ RE: sandrina Oct 17, 2006 10:54 PM

                                        if you warm it out of the jar, pour it over a plain poundcake
                                        fold apple butter into vanilla ice cream
                                        add to lamb stew as both a thickener & flavoring

                                        you might wanna stock up on apple butter :)

                                        1. mrsleny RE: sandrina Oct 18, 2006 03:50 AM

                                          I would like to know how long apple butter keeps in the fridge once it's been opened.

                                          Thanks kindly!

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                                            GG Mora RE: mrsleny Oct 18, 2006 12:49 PM

                                            I have an opened jar of apple butter in my fridge that's been there for over 6 months. It's fine.

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                                              Kajikit RE: mrsleny Jun 23, 2009 09:18 AM

                                              If it's the commercial kind, it keeps forever! They only had a giant-sized jar in the supermarket when I wanted to get some... it took us over two years to use up the jar and it was just as good on the last piece of toast as on the first. Our favourite is apple butter and peanut butter sandwiches.

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                                                justsheri RE: Kajikit Aug 22, 2013 11:39 PM

                                                Thanks! That means I can just finish up one of the jars I bought to make the Wilton apple butter cookies this year for Christmas, rather than buying another jar, just to use a small amount in that recipe. Not expensive, just that I'd rather not keep piling up 3/4-full jars...!

                                            2. Emme RE: sandrina Oct 18, 2006 06:57 AM

                                              It probably sounds dull, but as a kid, one of my favorite afternoon snacks was rice cakes with apple butter... something about the crisp, puffy, empty palette of rice cake that highlighted the apple butter.

                                              It's also good with plain yogurt, sweetened slightly with sweetener of some sort. It's particularly good with Total yogurt from TJ's.

                                              Second its use on buttermilk biscuits.

                                              Great topping for pancakes or waffles too.

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                                                theannerska RE: sandrina Oct 21, 2006 07:52 PM

                                                Also great with sausage...

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                                                  amsnv RE: sandrina Aug 19, 2007 07:11 AM

                                                  Use it as frosting! Here is a great apple cake that uses no refined sugars, and uses the apple butter in between laters, yum! - http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/...

                                                  1. Pylon RE: sandrina Aug 19, 2007 08:24 AM

                                                    All great uses. Apple butter is good on everything.

                                                    I occasionally mix in a couple of spoons of a.b. in plain yogurt. As good as anything you can get in the store. (I use the NSA a.b., so it's a little better for you as well.)

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                                                      violabratsche RE: Pylon Aug 19, 2007 08:32 AM

                                                      Apple Butter Bars, like date squares, but use apple butter as the filling instead of dates. Also, apple butter muffins, apple butter quick bread, apple butter scones, apple butter fry pies, apple butter pie....all this, of course, on top of what everyone else has mentioned....on hot buttered toast, on biscuits, and my favourite, with a sharp cheddar on, well, just about anything: bread, toast, english muffins, crackers....I think I'll go open a jar and have some now....


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                                                        Emme RE: violabratsche Aug 19, 2007 03:37 PM

                                                        Speaking of baked goods, I've recently been using Apple Butter as a fat replacement in cakes and muffins with much success. It was particularly a great addition to my Bran and Protein Muffins.

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                                                      isabelle3572 RE: sandrina Jun 18, 2009 05:46 AM

                                                      try marinading salmon in a ginger teriyaki for a few hours then putting applebutter on bothsides of fish sprinkle with red pepper wrap in tin foil and put on the grill for 10 minutes or until flaky...delicious.its very healthy and simple

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                                                        nvcook RE: isabelle3572 Jun 18, 2009 10:07 AM

                                                        Even though Thanksgiving is a long way off (and with all the other wonderful suggestions, you'll probably need another jar by then), I once added it to the pumpkin mixture for pumpkin pie and it was very good.

                                                      2. geminigirl RE: sandrina Jun 18, 2009 01:02 PM

                                                        make this cake, it is soooo good, some find it a bit plain, but I think it is wonderful!!


                                                        1. icey RE: sandrina Jun 18, 2009 01:38 PM

                                                          I like it on toast accompanied with almond butter.

                                                          1. Boccone Dolce RE: sandrina Jun 18, 2009 05:25 PM

                                                            Ooooh my Mom used to make me apple butter and butter sandwiches- sometimes apple butter & cream cheese.
                                                            Good memories!
                                                            I believe I tried it again a few years ago and the brand I got (random market house brand) it was goopy, overtly sweet and made me feel terrible about my childhood for about 14 minutes. I bet if you get a good one (made with love, like by the amish) that I'd taste a little on a slice of bread and sigh with content....

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                                                              HillJ RE: sandrina Jun 18, 2009 05:35 PM

                                                              Cook and puree 3 cups of acorn squash, add a jar of apple butter and 1/2 cup light cream. A dollop of Greek yogurt and serve. A very comforting soup!

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                                                                Ferdzy RE: sandrina Jun 19, 2009 08:57 AM

                                                                A little apple butter added to a vinaigrette dressing goes well with many salads.

                                                                I also make spare-ribs with apple butter sauce that I love.

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                                                                  dberg1313 RE: sandrina Jun 19, 2009 12:05 PM

                                                                  Apple butter and cottage cheese is a PA German thing; we loved it and ate it on toast instead of (not in addition to) butter. It should keep forever, refrigerated. I admit we kept a crock of it in the springhouse, which was cool but not refrigerator temperature. OK now the memories are coming back....we would cover the top of the crocks with circles cut from bread wrappers (which were made of waxed paper in those days). Same with pear butter and so on. Yes, this was when dinosaurs roamed the earth....

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                                                                    jencounter RE: dberg1313 Jun 19, 2009 08:28 PM

                                                                    Eat it. With a spoon.

                                                                    **edit** not sure why my comment posted as a reply to the above commenter. Sorry about that!

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                                                                      chef chicklet RE: dberg1313 Jun 23, 2009 01:24 AM

                                                                      Geraman huh? That explains my Dad's motivation to make it by the tons where we were kids. We ate it on just about everything.Good grief, peanut butter and appple butter toast. I lived on that for the longest time...

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                                                                      Slaka RE: sandrina Jul 27, 2010 09:23 AM

                                                                      I just finished making a batch this morning, and my first use for it will be with sweet potato fries. There's a restaurant in Amherst, Mass that used to serve this combination as it's specialty and I've been dreaming about it for years! It's absolutely decadent

                                                                      1. wekick RE: sandrina Jul 27, 2010 12:33 PM

                                                                        Besides all the other great suggestions, I love it on corn bread. I restaurant we go to serves it with fry bread.
                                                                        I love apple butter with star anise in it.

                                                                        1. greygarious RE: sandrina Jul 27, 2010 12:41 PM

                                                                          The America's Test Kitchen and/or Cook's Country program(s) I saw recently included it in glaze/sauce for pork chops and/or roast pork. Can't remember the details but since the shows are current the recipes should be free on their websites. It may have been included in their barbecue sauce as well.

                                                                          Oops - Just realized this is an old, just-revived post.

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                                                                            justsheri RE: greygarious Aug 22, 2013 11:18 PM

                                                                            America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Country also used it in their slow cooker French onion soup!

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                                                                            mariannette RE: sandrina Aug 9, 2010 01:13 PM


                                                                            Apple butter is like apple sauce, but more concentrated in texture & flavor. Try this cake recipe using apple butter:

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                                                                              GeeBeeEmm RE: sandrina Sep 6, 2010 06:57 AM

                                                                              I just made 6 half-pints of apple butter after an apple buying spree at the arboretum. Thanks for all the tips. I think I'll try the AB and cream cheese idea right now!

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                                                                                hvfoodnetwork RE: sandrina Sep 12, 2010 05:53 AM

                                                                                These all sounds like great suggestions. Can't wait to try them! Just an FYI for those who have been talking about baking with apple butter as a replacement for refined sugar. The recipe that I used called for 3 to 5 cups of sugar to 5 lbs. of apples. I replaced that with a much smaller amount of honey. But traditional AB recipes are sugar-riffic!

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                                                                                  Delia1 RE: sandrina Oct 9, 2012 09:16 AM

                                                                                  We just made and canned about 40 half pints of apple butter last night...lots of cinnamon. I wasn't sure what to do with it except spread it on toast. All these great replies gave me terrific ideas on how to enjoy our apple butter. Thank you!

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                                                                                    violabratsche RE: Delia1 Oct 9, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                                                    I've used apple butter in a pie, using it as if it were, say, a pumpkin puree, adjusting the sugar to taste. Also, as I'd use a date spread or other boiled fruit or even mincemeat, I've used apple butter in dessert squares.

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                                                                                      Delia1 RE: violabratsche Oct 9, 2012 02:28 PM

                                                                                      Awesome! Thank you. :0)

                                                                                  2. charles_sills RE: sandrina Oct 9, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                                                    i broil/grill pork chops. when they are almost done i brush them with a bit of apple butter. soooooo good.

                                                                                    1. Delucacheesemonger RE: sandrina Oct 9, 2012 09:33 AM

                                                                                      When baking a ham, preferably bone-in, add apple butter as a spread after baking and while cooking on countertop before serving, it will melt in.

                                                                                      1. Ruthie789 RE: sandrina Oct 9, 2012 02:46 PM

                                                                                        Use on tea biscuits, or scones, or on pancakes.

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                                                                                          FriedClamFanatic RE: sandrina Oct 14, 2012 06:48 PM

                                                                                          An old post but a goody!

                                                                                          I add some to pancake mix or the mega popovers I make/ Can also spread it on them

                                                                                          mixed with some garlic, a tiny bit of hot sauce and spread over a chicken breast gives a divine subtle taste

                                                                                          1 TBS per cup of flour and a diced apple make a lovely apple bread ( i make both yeat and quick style)

                                                                                          Some of it slapped on my mower's moving parts doesn't really grease anything.....probably the opposite!..but the bees loved it ( happened while I was eating a piece of toast and fixing something)

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                                                                                            laredo RE: sandrina Oct 14, 2012 07:19 PM

                                                                                            Could someone recommend a good brand that is available at Walmart? At WF?

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                                                                                              justsheri RE: laredo Aug 22, 2013 11:42 PM

                                                                                              I bought Bayfield brand at WalMart; it says "reduced sugar with a hint of cinnamon" on the label. It's the same brand I had bought at either Schnucks or Dierbergs (both St Louis grocery chains), at about the same price.

                                                                                            2. GraceW RE: sandrina Oct 14, 2012 07:23 PM

                                                                                              Drink it?

                                                                                              Just kidding. I would put it in oatmeal.

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                                                                                                Emme RE: GraceW Oct 15, 2012 03:31 AM

                                                                                                blend it with cream or milk and mix into tea or cider or coffee (i suppose)... drink it ;)

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                                                                                                justsheri RE: sandrina Mar 11, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                                                                Apple Cinnamon Spritz Cookies--check out Wilton.com's "Recipes." I add cardamom and sprinkle the tops with cinnamon sugar prior to baking. My problem is I don't know what to do with the leftover apple butter after I've made my big batch for holiday gifts, but I'm going to try some of the suggestions here. Anyone ever use it with whole apples in a tart or pie? I would think it might act as a thickener, in place of apricot jam.

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                                                                                                  valurna RE: sandrina Jul 22, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                  I use it as a dip for graham cracker sticks.
                                                                                                  Thinned out with a bit of apple juice and heavy cream, sprinkled with walnuts and or granola as a cold soup, or heat it for a warm soup.
                                                                                                  Use as a filling for tartlets.
                                                                                                  Spread it on toast, waffles, pancakes, or (One of my fave guilty pleasures) on warm brown sugar cinnamon pop-tarts, preferably the non frosted kind.

                                                                                                  1. fldhkybnva RE: sandrina Jul 23, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                                    I don't eat many breakfast sandwiches but my favorite at home is english muffin spread with apple butter, either turkey or ham slices, poached or fried egg and bacon!

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                                                                                                      kiki1683 RE: sandrina Aug 22, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                                                                      You could always add it to the apples in an apple pie recipe. Bet it would be fantastic!

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                                                                                                        justsheri RE: sandrina Aug 22, 2013 11:45 PM

                                                                                                        I make praline bacon with brown sugar, cinnamon & pecans. Gonna try substituting apple butter for the brown sugar; will let all y'all know how that goes.

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                                                                                                          Iowamom RE: sandrina Apr 24, 2014 06:40 AM

                                                                                                          Put on top of vanilla frozen yogurt or slow churned ice cream... Yum:)

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