Keep this delicious apple butter with honey in sterile jars and chill - and serve often! Spiced warmly with cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Honey sweetens naturally. We also have a Low Sugar Apple Butter recipe below for another variation.
3 cups apple cider
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
In a large saucepan over medium heat, boil the cider 15 minutes.
Stir apples into the cider and reduce heat. Cover and simmer, stirring frequently. Cook one hour, or until the apples are tender.
Remove apples from heat. Mash with a potato masher. Stir in the honey, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Return to low heat and cook uncovered, stirring often, until thick.
Transfer to sterile jars and chill in the refrigerator until serving.
Yield: 6 jars.
Make Your Own Allspice
Save up an empty seasoning bottle and make your own homemade ground allspice!
2 parts cinnamon
1 part nutmeg
1 part cloves
Blend all spices together. Store in an airtight shaker or spice container.
Low Sugar Apple Butter
A spicy low sugar spread. The apples are cooked uncored and with their skins on because their pectin adds body to the butter.
4 pounds assorted apples (Cortland, Macintosh, Northern Spy), quartered
2 cups apple cider
1 vanilla bean, split
2 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
Put the apples in a large Dutch oven, cover and cook over low heat about 50 minutes or until they are soft. The apples should contain enough moisture to keep them from burning. If not, add a few tablespoons of water.
Force the apples through a food mill into a large saucepan; discard the solids. Add the cider, vanilly bean, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Cook the mixture, uncovered, stirring frequently, over low eat about 1 hour 15 minutes or until very thick.
Let cool slightly, then remove the vanilla bean, cinnamon and cloves. While still warm, transfer the apple butter to hot, sterilized 1/2-pint preserving jars and cover. Will keep 1 month refrigerated. Yield: 2-1/2 cups.
Suggested Uses for Apple Butter
- Make apple butter sandwiches. A tablespoon of peanut butter adds protein and makes it extra yummy!
- Add a dollop of apple butter to a pork chop or pork loin.
- Some have told me they'll eat a cup or so of apple butter as dessert!
- Blend a tablespoon of apple butter into 1/2-cup of cottage cheese.
- Sprinkle grapenuts into a scoop of apple butter.
- Add a tablespoon or two to your morning oatmeal.
- Use as a spread on turkey or ham sandwiches.
- Spread on warm biscuits, scones, pop-overs, toast or muffins.
- Spread a tablespoon onto a rice cake for a low fat snack.
- Spread on waffles, French toast and pancakes.
- Stir a tablespoon or two into plain yogurt.
- Use as a fat replacement in cakes and muffins.
- Use as a dip for graham cracker sticks.
- Use as a topping for vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream.
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