We were bummed that so many of our local orchards lost their apple crop this year due to a late frost (Thanks 2020!). Luckily, some apples were spared; so, we took the opportunity to support our local orchards and share one of our favorite apple recipes with you. This apple butter pairs well with waffles, oatmeal, toast, even ice cream! Click the link in our bio for this easy fall recipe.
Ready in 4 hrs 30 min – Makes 5 cups
To make this recipe you’ll need:
- 4 lbs apples, any variety
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ cup brown sugar*
- ½ cup water
Chop the apples, removing the core but leaving the peel on, and place in a large bowl. Add vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and brown sugar to the apples, tossing until the apples are fully coated. Place the apple mixture in a large pot on the stove and add the water. Bring the apples to a simmer and cook for 3 hours on low heat with the lid on, stirring occasionally.
At the 3 hour mark, remove the lid, cooking the apples on low for an additional hour.
Remove from heat and, using an immersion blender, blend the apples to a smooth consistency.
The apple butter can be stored in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 week or in the freezer for 3 months.
- If you are using sweeter apples, you can decrease the amount of brown sugar or omit it altogether.
- We enjoy eating apple butter with waffles, instead of syrup, or mixed in with oatmeal in the morning. You can also use it as a spread on toast or a topping for ice cream. The uses are endless!