It’s now officially fall and nothing reminds me more of this time of year than apple butter! Well, not exactly…I definitely think of apples, pumpkins, spices. I mean, I’ve already talked about my dislike of the pumpkin spice latte craze and compared it to diarrhea, so on that note, let’s talk about apple butter!
Apple butter doesn’t look the greatest, but hey, it’s not a beauty contest. And on the bright side, apple butter only looks like it, but doesn’t *actually* give you diarrhea,… unlike the latte. Side note: I realize I’ve dropped the D word twice already in this post, but if you think about it, it’s a funny word and topic. I’m writing about apple butter, so I think I can use some grade school humour.
So you may or may not have made the apple cider from the previous post, but you might as well because talk about getting value for your money. A drink AND a snack, which you don’t even have to chew. You are in a Benjamin Button dream scenario with that one.
What is apple butter? It’s basically a bit more of a concentrated apple sauce. Sounds fancy too.
And before you say, “Hey Ola, I’m not in elementary school, therefore, I don’t eat apple butter or apple sauce”. I mean, that’s fair, but you can do a few things with it outside of just shoveling it into your gob like a kindergartener. You can use it as a sweetener in smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal or even baking such as muffins or cookies. It also goes well with pork. I don’t have a recipe or anything, but yea, pork, and apples are a good combo. You can add it to homemade bbq sauce, crepes, toast, dressings, chutneys and even booze for a tasty cocktail.
See, the possibilities are endless! Well, not really…there is an end but you have a lot of options. Plus your house smells really nice afterward.
Leftover apples from making apple cider
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp salt
Once the liquid has been drained from the apple cider, add the spices to the pot, mix and simmer on low for about 2.5-3 hours. At that point, I used an immersion blender to puree it all up, skins and all. I did a taste test and it tasted good to me, but you could add a second round of those spices above (or just one) if you wish.
Recipes for apple butter typically include added sugar. I don’t get it. The apples are already sweet. Is your tongue hard of taste? What’s with the obsession for overly sweet foods? Sugar is literally the worst thing to eat. If you must add sugar because you are a weak person, add 1 Tbs of brown sugar with the spices. You don’t need heaps of it like the other recipes call for.
If you want, while the apple butter is still warm, spread some on a fresh croissant — delicious! Otherwise, let it cool, store in a glass jar and keep in the fridge. Should be good for a week or two.
Check out this other blog:
Homemade Apple Cider – simple and delicious recipe to make your own apple cider