Monday, October 6, 2014

Quick and easy apple butter recipe

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I know I have been posting a lot of pumpkin related recipes of late, but there is another decadent Autumn
ingredient that deserves a lot of attention: the apple. Today's recipe is for a quick and easy apple butter that doesn't call for any added sugar-the apples do all the sweetening on their own!

QUICK AND EASY APPLE BUTTER
Ingredients
  • 4 pounds of apples, I prefer half Granny Smith and half Fuji
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup apple juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Directions
Peel, core and cut the apples into eight pieces each. Place all of the ingredients together in a large pot and stir to combine them. Cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. Uncover and break up the apples as much as possible. Leaving the lid off, cook for another hour, stirring every fifteen minutes. Not stirring them will cause them to stick to the bottom of the pan and scorch, so be sure to set a timer if you are afraid you may forget! Turn the burner off and remove once the mixture has thickened enough for your taste. Puree the apple mixture and pour into containers for storing once cool. It can be refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Tools of the Trade
These gadgets can make preparing your apple butter quicker and easier!

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