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Friday, May 15, 2009

Apple Butter, or in my World, Applesauce

I haven't really figured out why apple butter is called apple butter. Isn't it really just applesauce??? Either way, I made some Chunky Spiced Applesauce, er, I mean Apple Butter the other day in preparation for Natalie's Pre-Made, Our Way Challenge over at Oven Love, and again, I was surprised at how easy it was to make something like this. The PopTarts (for the PMOW challenge) only used up a tiny portion of this, so we've been using it on toast, and it sure is tasty! I think that next time, if I wasn't going to use it as a filling for something, I might cut back on the cinnamon just a touch, but otherwise, this is a great recipe. It calls for some bigger chunks of apples mixed with smaller ones, which results in a chunkier sauce, but if you'd like it smoother, just dice all of the apples.

Chunky Spiced Apple Butter
adapted from Epicurious

1 pound (about 2 large apples) Honey Crunch apples, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
1 pound (about 2 large apples) Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced
1/2 cup apple cider
1 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbl lemon juice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp allspice

Combine apples and cider in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and boil gently for 20 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half.

Stir in sugar, spices, and lemon juice. Return to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 25 minutes or until mixture is very thick. There should still be some tender apple chunks remaining. Remove from heat. Makes about 2 cups.

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Sippity Sup May 15, 2009 at 10:04 AM  

Sauce or Butter, either way it reminds me of childhood. Do kids still get gleeful over jelly?I sure did, even when they called it butter. GREG

Sarah May 15, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

Apple butter reminds me of grandma's house! My grandmother made this and grape jelly from the fruit in their gardens. Yum reminds me of home!!

Jen @ MyKitchenAddiction.com May 15, 2009 at 11:16 AM  

Looks delicious... My mom used to make applesauce and apple butter each fall.

Shannon May 15, 2009 at 11:57 AM  

I don't like apples but I like applesauce...if this is more like applesauce then I might have to try it! It sure looks yummy.

Chef E May 15, 2009 at 12:12 PM  

My grandmother used to make apple butter, and I liked it better than applesauce. Actually I just helped a friend make apple sauce and pear sauce for her new six month old, for once I did not complain about peeling those darn things :) since little sweetie was benefiting from home made baby food!

Sandie May 15, 2009 at 3:24 PM  

Saw Kathy's post on Panini Happy about her adopted blogger, so I thought I'd come say, "Hi!" and see what you're doing. Glad to visit on this post especially, as I love apple butter. It's so fun & easy to make (especially when getting the kids involved).

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen May 15, 2009 at 3:26 PM  

We're a big apple butter loving family. Great picture with the sauce on the spoon.

Darcy,  May 15, 2009 at 6:27 PM  

Apple butter is delish! I haven't had it in a while, but I do remember it haven't a different flavor than applesauce. I guess it's just a more concentrated apple flavor?

Tonya @ What's On My Plate May 15, 2009 at 10:15 PM  

I'm going through a store-bought apple butter phase... now i'm inspired to make my own!

Mindy May 16, 2009 at 5:14 AM  

Greg--My daugher gets gleeful over jelly...I swear she eats toast just to lick the jelly off!

Sarah--My great grandma used to make apricot and peach jelly, but I don't think I'd ever had apple butter before I made it this week!

Jen--Lucky you! I'm definitely going to start making my own apple sauce and butter from now on...

Shannon--Definitely more like applesauce, but richer and thicker.

ChefE--Ohhh...pear sauce? I think I might have to make some of that for myself--forget the babies! ;-)

Sandie--Thanks for stopping by!

Sam--Thanks! I've been in kind of a photo slump lately, so I was really pleased with the spoon pic!

Darcy--Yes, I'd say that it's richer and thicker than normal applesauce.

Tonya--You should make your own...it's so easy!

Amy I. May 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

YUM! I'm a sucker for spreads and jams, I'll have to try this. By the way, I clicked through to your Blogger profile, and you and I have the same all-time fav movies and bands :)

Erica May 21, 2009 at 3:46 PM  

Apple Butter looks really good! Great with bagels for a brunch.

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cialis online March 2, 2011 at 9:29 AM  

I also can understand why apple butter is called apple butter, because rather this is like a jelly, actually I add it to my bread so adding too a little bit of butter, making a combination.m10m

Anonymous,  October 18, 2011 at 10:39 PM  

Apple Butter is extremely different than Apple Sauce. It is much more concentrated and that is what contributes to the beautiful, rich brown of the butter. You need to cook apple butter for a long time to allow the apples to caramelize properly and the fact that this recipe only has you cooking the apples for an hour tops would lend me to agree with you and say what you made was applesauce.

My family has been making apple butter for years. We start at 2am and don't get done with everything (canning included) until 8pm.

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