apple butter recipe?
Has anyone ever made their own apple butter before? I'd like to make some to bring in for my students to eat on homemade corn muffins. Some limitations: I don't have a super-well-equipped kitchen right now because I am living abroad--no chinois or anything and not a whole lot of pots. I do have too large-ish pots, one of them fairly heavy, a fine mesh strainer and an immerson blender, if that helps at all. I also am not looking to make a huge amount and I'm not trying to can it or anything. I just want to make some as a treat for the kids and maybe have a little leftover for myself and my housemates. :-) Anyone have any recipes or advice? Is this possible given my circumstances?
Do you have (or can you borrow) a CrockPot or slow cooker? That would make it super easy. I have done it with just apples and a heavy pot, it just requires close attention near the end to keep from burning it. But I don't see any reason why you can't do it with what you have.
Forgot to add that I usually start with plain apples (peeled, cored, chopped up) a little water until they start to break down, and then once they start to cook down, sweeten and add spices to taste. I have oversweetened by adding sugar at the start, so now I wait to see how sweet my apples are.
I like this recipe (I make the spiced version): http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
You can make a partial/half recipe and cook it till done, then just store it in the fridge instead of canning. It doesn't require anything but a large saucepan and, as the note at the bottom says, you can just adjust apple type to what's locally available.
Sally's Favorite Apple Butter
4 cups apple sauce (from jar or canned)
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp grated orange rind
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp allspice
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
Simmer, stirring occasionally, for one hour.
Cool. Pour into glass jars.
Makes 4 cups
Source: St. Petersburg FL - Evening Independent newspaper, Dec 8, 1967