excuse my ignorance, but what does one use apple butter for????
I have never made it or tried it, it looks a bit like a sort of jam, but wouldn't one just use jam.
Yes it's a jam or spread. There are also pumpkin butters. Neither of these contains any butter but taste great with butter on toast! Both are good on pancakes or english muffins too.
And don't forget peach butter and pear butter.
In addition to using on hot buttered toast, not too shabby poured over icecream, either.
if you know lekvar it is the apple version
Lekvar -that's my favorite hamantashen.
If you don't know lekvar, it's prune butter. ( or dried plum now)
Both Marni and Old Camp Cook are correct. You can use it as a replacement for applesauce, bake cookies or muffins with it, and I think makes a good (and interesting) peanut butter sandwich. It's fabulous on waffles, ice cream, french toast, oatmeal, or my favorite: a spoon. :)
Like everyone else has said before it is just great.
Making it the old fashioned way can be a nightmare though. A friend of mine said when she made it years ago she had to cook the apples for about a few days and which would mean that any wallpaper on the kitchen walls would start peeling off too! She had an apple store until recently and could afford to make a lot, I never got exact numbers but what I got was that a bushel of apples would yield under half that amount.
I'm curious about making my own, after I try making stout from scratch first!
You can make a great apple butter in your crockpot...real simple and makes it perfect! I made a challah bread filled with apple butter...also can be used for basting..ham ect....I use it for mostly for toast and gifts!