Are you making a trip to the apple orchard this season? Maybe you took advantage of a great price on apples at the store. I know I did! I’m ecstatic because last year my dear friend Michele taught me how to make the most amazing homemade apple butter.
This is such a simple recipe! It makes great gifts, your house smells like autumn heaven, and most of all every jar you open is better than the last!
Homemade Apple Butter Recipe
First step; make applesauce! Cut up your apples into large slices and boil them on medium-high until tender. You can also use pears and try some pear butter too!
We used a food strainer/sauce maker to grind them up. If you don’t have one, you’ll have to peel and core your apples and use a potato masher or blender.
Next step; bake! Mix in your seasonings and sugar, transfer to a large baking dish and bake your applesauce until it starts to thicken, about 3-4 hrs. You could also try the slow cooker on low with the lid off. This is my favorite part, it smells SO good. They really need to make an apple butter candle scent or something!
If you’ve never canned before, you might be intimidated by the next step, but you could always freeze it instead.
Canning these jars were SO easy! Just make sure you have some new lids and boil the cans until you hear them pop and seal, about 10 minutes.
- 8 Cups Applesauce
- 3 Cups Brown Sugar
- ½ Cup Vinegar or Cider
- 1 clove
- 1½ Tbsp Cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly and pour into a baking dish or casserole.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 2-3 hours or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
Make some fresh bread or toast and be generous when spreading on this amazingly flavorful fall treat. OH! It’s just so good 🙂
Have you ever made apple butter before? I’d love to try some cranberry butter some day! If you have a good recipe, please leave a comment 🙂