Easy Stovetop Apple Butter
Rich and sweet Apple butter made on the stovetop spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and honey. Perfect fall recipe that will leave your house smelling amazing.
Okay, fine. I’m succumbing to the fall apple season. This is my first apple recipe of the season, and as unhappy as I am about my beloved summer coming to a close, this apple butter takes the sting away just a little bit.
This recipe doesn’t go all overboard with the sugar, which is a great thing. It’s not too sweet at all, and in case you’re wondering “OK, what the heck do I do with apple butter??” It’s great as a spread, but it can also take any food from ordinary to extraordinary 😉 Yup, you can spread it on toast or a peanut butter sandwich (yum!), smear it on some cornbread, scoop it over vanilla ice cream, spread it on a turkey or chicken sandwich, dip pretzels in it….the possibilities are endless!
I found my favorite way to eat this apple butter was with cheese on crackers. I thought the sweetness worked really well with salty crackers. So, don’t fret about what to do with all of those apples you picked this week…that problem has been solved. It is a great use of leftover apples that you need to use up.
Food lesson of the day: Apple butter is a highly concentrated form of apple sauce produced by long, slow cooking of apples with cider or water to a point where the sugar in the apples caramelizes, turning the apple butter a deep brown.
Enjoy and I hope you all enjoy your weekend. Happy Friday!
- 4 apples, cored and chopped (not peeled)
- ⅓ cup apple cider
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- a pinch of cloves
- a pinch of sea salt
- Combine all ingredients together in a small saucepan and stir. Heat over low heat and cover, cooking for 1 hour. Stir occasionally, making sure that no apples are sticking to the bottom.
- After an hour, the apples should be caramel-colored and completely broken down.
- Add the mixture to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. (You can skip this step if you like it chunky.)
- Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Recipe source: howsweeteats.com