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Floydm

Apple Butter

apple butter


Spiced Apple Butter
6 lbs. Golden Delicious or other variety apples (about 2 doz. medium-sized apples)
1 and 1/4 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
3 and 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice

Core apples and cut in quarters; not necessary to peel them. Cook until soft, with the water and lemon juice. Remove from heat and put contents through sieve or food mill (i.e., make applesauce).

Return to kettle and add all other ingredients except liqueur. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently to avoid burning on bottom. Be sure to stir more frequently as mixture thickens. It takes about 1-1/2 hrs. to thicken enough.

Remove from heat and add liqueur. Seal in sterilized jars.

Makes approximately 4 pints.
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Gourmand2go

Apple butter is great on whole wheat toast!  My favorite recipe has lots of fresh ginger, which I find actually settles my stomach as well as taking Stemetil:

http://gourmand2go.com/gingerapple_butter.html

Some other suggestions on the same site include Bell Pepper Jelly, which also can be used as a sweet and sour sauce by adding garlic.

Enjoy!

Marion

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Anj

Hey, Floydm,

This looks wonderful and makes me remember the times I spent in the Midwest. I made apple butter then, from abandoned apple trees. I think those apples were even golden delicious ones! *grin* Also, all the rhubarb I could get my hands on, elderberries, wild plums, crabapples, cherries, sigh... I miss those. BUT, I wouldn't move back north for the world! Down here I have persimmons, wild grapes, mesquite and prickly pear to name a few.
Hugs,
Anj

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PaddyL

How much sauce do 6 lbs. make?  I've got some applesauce made from apples left over after making juice and would love to make butter with it, but I haven't got a clue about the number of lbs. of apples I had to start off with.  The juice is absolutely wonderful on its own, but I hate having to waste the rest, though I could use it in a cake.

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Oldcampcook

PaddyL,


My recipe for apple butter is 8 cups of sauce, 3 cups of white sugar, cinnamon and clove and nutmeg to taste. (I have also used just allspice to good effect, instead of the other spices.


Put in slow cooker and cook about 6 hours on high with the lid slightly open.


I use the same recipe for pear butter and peach butter.  Also for pumpkin butter, but use pumpkin pie spice.


The original recipe called for 4 cups of sugar, but I found that is way too sweet, especially with some of the ultra sweet fruit I was getting.


Bob

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PaddyL

I haven't got a slow cooker which is why Floyd's recipe intrigued me.  I guess I could take a shot at it and just add sugar and spice to taste.

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Eli

I make pear and apple and bake mine in a roaster. Depending on the amount but slowly it takes around 5 hours. I just core and peel the apples and they fall apart into applesauce. I remove the top about the last hour for thickening but I have to keep an eye on it. I think the cook times vary due to different water contents in the apples.


Eli

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edh

We love, and eat lots of, apple butter. Over the years I've tweaked the recipe from Putting Food By (one of my favorite books after Hamelman and Reinhart!);


6 cups pulp/applesauce (I make it fresh or use the pressings from making cider, with a little cider thrown back in)


1 1/2 cups maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar, or any combination of those


1 tsp cinnamon


1/2 tsp each nutmeg, cloves, and allspice


Put everything into a heavy pot (I use the same enamel pot I use to make NYT no-knead bread) and bring to a boil on top of the stove; be careful, it splats!


At this point you can either cook it on the stove top, stirring constantly to avoid scorching (happens easily), or put the pot, uncovered, into a 300 F oven. You'll still need to stir it every once in a while, as a skin tends to form, but it just stirs right back in.


Either way, cook until it mounds slightly on a spoon, and has a sheen to it. In the oven this takes a few hours, but the time varies a lot depending on the moisture content of the applesauce to begin with. When it's done, the temperature will be around 210-215, but that varies a fair amount too. I don't like it to be super thick, and I over cooked the last batch; not burned, but it's the consistancy of peanut butter! Lots of pectin in those apples...


Hope this works for you,


edh

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PaddyL

That sounds wonderful, especially with the maple syrup!  It's just the sort of thing I was looking for.

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Oldcampcook

EDH,


I am glad you mentioned the "splat" from the apple butter.  It sticks like glue on the skin and can raise a nice blister.


I also use a heavy enameled pot to cook mine in because it doesnt take as long to thicken, but does require pretty close attention.


Bob

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edh

Hope it works for you Paddyscake! The syrup definitely helps (is there ever a time that maple syrup doesn't?)


Oldcampcook; it seemed odd to refer to it as boiling, as it really just sits there and bloops and splats. My 11 year old refers to it as the "Bog of Eternal Stench" phase of cooking, referring to Labyrinth, (an old David Bowie movie from the '80's), not the smell.


You might want to try the oven method to avoid the scorching.


edh


 

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PaddyL

But I don't mind.  I'm just thrilled with the recipe and intend to make it the minute I have enough applesauce, though come to think of it, there's some in the freezer I could add to what I've got.  I was given a steamer-juicer recently; it makes beautiful juice, and I simply put what's left through a food mill for the applesauce.  This way nothing goes to waste.  Mind you, I'll need more jars, having just made 8 jars of pomegranate jelly.

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edh

Sorry about that PaddyL,


That's what I get for going on line late at night (at this point that's anytime after about 7 pm)! No brain, no pain...


Pomegranate jelly, wow! That sounds incredible; is it good on meats, etc, or more of a toast and jelly thing?


edh

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PaddyL

We put it on toast or scones, and my sister puts it in her trifle every year.  It is tart, a little less so than red currant jelly, but absolutely delicious.  When people find out that I make it, they line up with orders for Christmas as we've yet to see it in any stores.

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SourdoLady

I made Pomegranate-blueberry hot pepper jelly a couple of weeks ago and it is simply to die for! I just used the juice concentrate sold in the grocery freezer section and my own fresh hot peppers from the garden.

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Oldcampcook

Eli,


I was interested in your comment about using a roaster for the apple butter.  I just bought one of those big roasters which I have used for baking bread.


What temp do you set the roaster at?  I can sure cook at lot more at a time in the roaster than I can in my crock pot or the enameled pot combined.


Bob


 

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Eli

at 250 F and covered it takes around 4-5 hours. Depending of course on your oven, amount of apples and the moisture content in the apples.


Note: I am certain you could do it at a higher temp. It has always been easier for me to leave it. I allow it to bake for a while and it seems to break down the apples easier and intensifies the flavor.


E

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Oldcampcook

Thanks Eli.


I checked my temps with my programable thermometer and the roaster is dead on. (I was pleasantly surprised!)


The long cook period would be no problem.  And using the roaster would free up one burner for an additional water bath pot, so I can can more at a time.


Already called the SO and told her that would be the plan for next summer!


Thanks, again.


Bob

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Poppyseeds

Mmmm.  I just had a slice of my freshly-baked BBA Challenge Reinhart's brioche with applebutter bought from a local farm stand.  It was sooo good.  Now I'm thinking I'll have to try making my own.  Thanks all of you for your hints.  I have both a crockpot and a roaster and access to as many apples as I need at the local orchards here in WV. 

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MommaT

Hi,


All these posts about Applebutter were too much.


I made a batch today on the following recipe:


Boil the following for ~1/2 hour to make apple pulp:


 



  • 3lbs apples (I used 1/2 honeycrisp and 1/2 golden delicious). Do not peel or seed - just cut into quarters.

  • 1 c. apple cider

  • 1 c. water


 


Put through food mill to create pulp.


In large pan put the following:


 



  • apple pulp from above.

  • 3 c. sugar

  • grated rind and juice of one lemon

  • 1 generous teaspoon of cinnamon

  • 1/4+ teaspoon cloves

  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

  • grating of fresh nutmeg


 


Bring this mixture to a lively boil, stirring CONSTANTLY (this is important - turn your back and it will scorch easily).  Continue to boil until the mixture thickens.  (Mine reached about 210 F + in Boston for a nice thickness.  Other recipes I've read say to reach 220 F, but I didn't manage to wait that long.)


Place in warm, clean jars and process in hot water bath for 5-10 minutes to ensure a good seal.


Mmmm!   I'm not sure if I would include the nutmeg in future batches, but I did like the flavour of the allspice.


Now to make the larger batch to add to my Christmas boxes.


MommaT