Naked Apple ButterNov 02 2010 by
Apple butter is a useful thing to have on hand for using in many dishes. In baking it can be used to help reduce the fat. In savory dishes it mixes well with other ingredients to make a tasty marinade or sauce. It’s even great for spreading on whole grain toast, pancakes or waffles. Apple butter is easy to make, especially if you have a slow cooker. If not, you can make it on the stove but you will need to spend a little more time watching it and stirring occasionally.
- 8-10 apples of your choice, cored, peeled and chopped ( I wouldn’t use delicious or granny smith though)
- 3 cups unsweetened apple juice or apple cider
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- In the base of your slow cooker, add the apples followed by the spices, lemon juice, and apple juice. The juice should just cover the apples, but they shouldn’t be swimming in it. If you need a little more than 3 cups of juice, add it.
- Set the slow cooker to “low” for 15 – 18 hours. No peeking during cooking. A slow cooker can take as long as twenty minutes to regain the heat lost when the cover is removed.
- Once the apples have softened, darkened, and much of the liquid has reduced, use a standard or immersion blender to process until smooth.
- If the apple butter is still a bit wet after the end of cooking time (due to the size of apples or the range of your slow cooker) transfer the apple butter to a large pot and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes until the liquid has reduced and the apple butter has thickened.
- Let the apple butter cool completely before use.
Makes approximately 4-5 cups.
Serving size 2 tablespoons.
Nutrients per serving: Calories: 27, Cal. from Fat: .5, Total Fat: 0g, Sat. Fat: 0g, Carbs: 7g, Fiber: .5g, Sugars: 5.5g, Protein: 0g, Sodium: .5mg, Chol: 0mg
Apple butter will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks or can be frozen for in freezer safe containers for up to 6 months.
To make on the stove top prepare ingredients as above in a large soup pot. Simmer on low for about 2 hours or until the liquid has reduced and the apples are a thick butter texture. You will need to stir often and scrap the bottom of the pot to insure there is no burning of the apples. Continue on from step 3 as listed above.
Apple butter is great to use as a substitute to butter in many recipes. Here are some of our favorite recipes that use apple butter: