Best Homemade Apple Butter Recipe
My Daughter Jade
Every August I and my daughter make homemade apple butter together. It is a family tradition that my mom used to do with me as I was growing up, and I now share with Jade. We have been making apple butter together since she was 2 years of age.
We go together and pick the best apples at the store, or if we are able we hit up a farmer's market or a u-pick orchard. This year it was the shop. We sit at our kitchen table peeling and slicing apples and talking about times in the past, what she wants to be as she grows up, friends, what is happening in her life, and silly things. It is a time I cherish with my daughter, and she says she looks forward to every year.
This year on the 26 August, Jade turns 13. It warms my heart to know that even though she is getting older she still enjoys our time together.
As the smell of apple butter fills my home, it adds a warm comfort that only it brings. I think about to when I was young doing the same with my mom and all the memories me and my daughter have made together.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me and my family dose, and that it might start a tradition in your home.
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What Is Apple Butter
Apple butter is a form of applesauce that has been cooked down to make a spread. It is made out of apples and spice like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg and then is cooked for a long time.
It was first made in Belgium in the Middle Ages as a way to persevere the apples from orchards during harvest, and become popular in America in the 1900.
It is called apple butter because it spreads on bread like a butter, but apple butter has no dairy in it what so ever.
How Long It Will Take To Make Apple Butter
What You Need For Apple Butter
- 10 apples, I like a mix of Fuji, Granny Smith , and other nice cooking apples.
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1 lemon, juiced
How To Make Apple Butter
- Wash, peel, core, and quarter your apples.
- Add all ingredients to a large pot and cook on medium high heat for 1 hour or cook over night in your cockpot.
- .Stir the mix every 20 minutes or so to prevent burning on the bottom
- turn heat down to low and cook for 4-5 hours, until the apple butter is smooth and thick
- After your apple butter is done, you can store in the refrigerator or processed into canning it.
Apple Butter Pie. This is So Good
Not For Sure What To Do With Your Apple Butter
The video above is for an amazing apple butter pie. You can also use it in cakes, on chicken or pork, on toast, in bread, cinnamon rolls, and muffins. You can also add more water and let it cook down more for a rich apple syrup.