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Oct 18, 2013 04:02 AM

What to do with unsweetened apple butter?

Really just as the title says. I have some that could do with being used up. I know that we could spread it on crackers etc. but I was wondering if it would be good in a cake/dessert. My OH is allergic to nuts so would it work as a substitute for PB in baking recipes?

We have around 8oz


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  1. Here's a recipe for double apple cake that uses apple butter as well as apples. I have made this cake, and it is terrific.

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    1. re: roxlet

      ooooo that does look like a lovely recipe... and a good excuse to buy myself a bundt pan... not such an essential item of bakeware in the uk compared with in the States!!!

      1. re: alisonk

        You could also probably bake it in a couple of loaf pans, I think.

    2. Someone here mentioned putting it in apple pie recently. Also pumpkin butter into pumpkin pie. I have both sitting on the shelf, and I might be fooling around with that idea next month.

      I also have a cranberry butter, now that I think of it, I'll have to get creative there too.

      1. How about swirling it into a batch of home made cinnamon ice cream?

        1. I bet it would be good in baked oatmeal.

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          1. re: Marylandmama

            love these suggestions.

            re the apple pie suggestion: would you mix it in with the apple filling once the apples were cooked, or would you cook the apples down with the butter? I haven't used it before at all so I have no idea how it actually works and we are in the UK so don't have an endless supply of it to practice with. This is a pressured one/maybe 2 chance thing..!!!

          2. Next time you have a pork roast on hand, consider slathering it with apple butter and roasting it slow and low for a few hours (depending on the size of course). The apple butter really goes well with pork.

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            1. re: HillJ

              oooo of course it will. That is an AWESOME idea. I might make sure I have some pork on hand for dinner next weekend!!

              1. re: alisonk

                Then in that case. Baste once semi heavily and then keep some on the side to slather about an hour in. I start out with foil and then remove as the pork starts to separate from the meat. No need to warm the apple butter, just straight from the jar or homemade.