One easy apple butter recipe comes courtesy of Southern Living and utilizes fresh apples, cider, sugar, and spices. The recipe, which makes 3 cups of apple butter, requires combining all ingredients in a Dutch oven over heat, until thickened.
Easy Apple Butter
The Easy Apple Butter can be placed into airtight containers after it cools and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 months or frozen for 6 months. It can be difficult to tell when it's ready; draw a line through the apple butter using a wooden spoon, along the bottom of the Dutch oven. If the line stays in place for about 5 seconds, the apple butter is ready.
Prep Time: 50 min.
Cook Time: 1 hr.
Ready In: 1 hr. 50 min.
- 3 pounds of sweet apples, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 cup apple cider
- 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- Cook apples until tender
- Put the cooked apples in a blender
Combine the apples, cider and 1/2 cup of sugar in a Dutch oven, and bring to a rolling boil. Cover most of the Dutch oven with the lid and boil until the apples are softer, stirring every 5 minutes. The liquid should evaporate.
Combine the cooked apples with the liquid they were cooked in. Put the blended mixture back into the Dutch oven, add the spices and remaining sugar and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes, continuously stirring. Let the mixture cool for 45 minutes before serving or refrigerating.