Cooking up a big ole pot of homemade apple butter does wonders for the soul – not only will it fill your home with that ridiculously delicious ‘apple pie’ aroma but your morning toast has never been more satisfying! Using just a few simple ingredients (apples, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg), you’ve also got a great topping for muffins, a creative filling for cake layers, and – who are we kidding – a sweet treat straight out of the jar with a spoon. A jar of apple butter with ribbon tied around it makes a great gift, too – think teachers, neighbors, new parents. Bonus: it’s vegetarian and gluten-free.
What’s the best type of apple to use for your recipe? Since apple butter requires quite a bit of cooking time, softer apple varieties will be your best bet as they cook down the fastest. Mix up a few different varieties for the best flavor; Fuji and Golden Delicious are popular softer varietals for apple butter that taste great together. Braeburn, Corland and Idared are great choices too.
- Invest in an apple corer/peeler/slicer to make apple prep a snap.
- Got a Crock Pot? It’ll be your best friend for homemade apple butter – no stirring required!
- If you’re canning, half-pint or pint jars will go into a water bath canner for 5 minutes; quart jars for 10 minutes.