|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||7%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||8%|
|Total Sugars 16g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||20%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Homemade apple butter is an excellent way to enjoy fresh seasonal fruit and it goes well with so many foods. Spread apple butter over your morning toast or English muffins or spoon it onto split biscuits.
Long, slow cooking breaks the apple butter down to make a super smooth, buttery spread. Include both tart and sweet varieties in the apple butter for complex flavor. If the majority of your apples are tart, you might need more sugar. Taste the mixture when you add the vanilla and adjust with more granulated or brown sugar as needed.
Made with warm spices, this apple butter makes a flavorful replacement for applesauce in baked goods or dips. If your recipe calls for pumpkin butter or purée, you can also replace it with apple butter. Apple butter is also a great addition to a charcuterie board or cheese plate.
Gather the ingredients.
Peel, core, and slice the apples.
Put the apple slices in the slow cooker and add the brown and granulated sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves.
Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. When the time is up, add the vanilla extract; stir to blend, and turn the slow cooker on high. Cook, uncovered, for 1 hour longer.
Use an immersion blender to purée the apples or transfer them to a food processor or blender.
Blend until the apple butter is smooth.
Spoon the apple butter into jars or freezer containers.
Use Caution When Blending Hot Ingredients
Steam expands quickly in a blender and can cause ingredients to splatter everywhere or cause burns. To prevent this, fill the blender a little less than half, vent the top, and cover with a folded kitchen towel while blending.
- If the apple butter is not as thick as you'd like, continue to cook it on high, uncovered, until thickened. Keep in mind it will thicken more as it cools.
- If you like a chunkier texture, don't blend it or use a potato masher to break up any larger pieces.
- If you would like to avoid peeling the apples, just core and slice them and then put the finished apple mixture through a food mill.
How Can You Use Apple Butter?
- Spread it on toasted bread, English muffins, scones, or biscuits.
- Add a small bowl of apple butter to a fruit and cheese platter or charcuterie board.
- Use it as a replacement for applesauce or pumpkin purée in baking recipes.
- Swirl some into a bowl of oatmeal.
- Serve it as a condiment along with cooked ham or sausages.
- Make a spread with 8 ounces of softened cream cheese and 1/2 cup of apple butter.
- Use it as a spread on a turkey or ham sandwich along with a savory spread.
Does Apple Butter Need to Be Refrigerated?
Unless your recipe is made specifically for home canning, apple butter must be refrigerated. Refrigerate homemade apple butter for up to 1 week.
Can You Freeze Apple Butter?
Yes, apple butter may be frozen. Spoon the apple butter into freezer containers or zip-close freezer bags and freeze it for up to 12 months. If you plan to freeze the apple butter in glass canning jars, use wide-mouth jars and leave at least 1 inch of headspace to allow for expansion.