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apple butter recipe?

Lady_Tenar Nov 3, 2012 10:08 AM

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?

  1. Antilope Nov 5, 2012 10:23 PM

    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

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    1. re: Antilope
      Antilope Nov 5, 2012 10:31 PM

      Baked Apple Butter


      Microwave Apple Butter


    2. Caitlin McGrath Nov 5, 2012 09:17 PM

      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.

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        tacosandbeer Nov 3, 2012 10:39 AM

        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.

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          tacosandbeer Nov 3, 2012 10:34 AM

          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.

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