I first tasted apple butter when I visited Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana which gives visitors a glimpse into a unique way of life and what was once a three generation working farm adhering to the principles of life before modern conveniences, which is an integral part of their traditional christian beliefs. And that taste of apple butter encapsulates for me a simpler time when life was sweet enough just by savoring the goodness of what the land produced. I hope this recipe gives you a taste of that sweetness and captures your imagination and appreciation for a way of life that once flourished in our land.
Apple Butter Recipe ~
- yield 2 cups -
2 lbs. honey crisp apples (roughly 5 large apples) pealed, cored and roughly chopped
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
pinch kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon white vinegar (or fresh lemon juice if you have it)
3/4 teaspoon ceylon soft cinnamon sticks (pounded with mortar and pestle)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch ground cloves
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Combine apples, apple cider, brown sugar and salt in non-stick stove top/oven safe pan. On stove top bring mixture to simmer, cover and cook until apples are soft, approximately 20 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and stir in white vinegar (or lemon juice), cinnamon, vanilla and cloves. Blend using an immersion blender until smooth.
3. Place mixture in oven and bake uncovered for approximately 2.5 to 3 hours (stirring every 30 minutes) or until mixture thickens and is a deep amber color.
4. Remove from oven and let cool complete. Place in airtight container and refrigerate for 5 days.
Recipe adapted from the Food Network Kitchen's Homemade Apple Butter recipe.
Until next time be well, love well, and savor the flavors that the fall harvest celebrates.