In my previous post, I showed you my sweet adorable grandson Skyler helping me make Apple Butter, so I thought I would update this post with a recipe. In the way things go around here, I find a great recipe, use it and can’t remember where I found it, because I have ton’s of old vintage cookbooks, some my own and some Harvey’s mom’s Alameda Diggs who was a fabulous cook from all who knew her. But back to that original thought… Two years ago I made Apple Butter from a great Amish recipe, so this year when I went to make more, I couldn’t find the exact recipe. I usually keep my recipes on my computer with a program called
Living Cookbook, but it wasn’t in there. I knew the procedure so thought I would just wing it and give you a brief tutorial.
Last year I bought one of those contraptions that peels, cores and slices as you turn. It sure saved a lot of time. As I would finish with each apple I would put in a bowl with ½ cup lemon juice and 2 cups of water to keep them from turning brown before I finished. Ok..Here’s where my memory slipped! I made a simple syrup with the 5 cups of sugar and 2 ½ cups water brought to a boil and poured it over the apples and baked overnight.
The recipe above I found after I finished this batch, but making apple butter is so forgiving, and there are so many ways to make it. No roasting pan? Use your crock pot!
Next morning look who came to visit Bokah as he calls me! Little Skyler
Couldn’t resist throwing this in. Skyler loves Brutus our part Mastiff part St. Barnard puppy. Yes I said puppy he’s just 2 years old and weighs 140 lbs. and stands..well you can see he is up to Harvey’s waist. Skyler wanted to keep giving Brutus kisses, I couldn’t get a picture of that, just wasn’t quick enough when he would decide to do it!
Back to our tutorial:
The next day I ran it through a food mill. If you don’t have one you could use a food processor in small batches or just use a potato masher.
Yes! Use real apple cider! Not apple juice, it gives it a stronger apple flavor. Apple cider is available at Walmart superstores usually in the produce area. I got mine from Hunts Orchard, they grow their apples down the road from us. Plus I wanted an excuse to take Skyler to their store and petting zoo! (no pics forgot the camera what kind of Bokah does that?)
This is what it’s like before you put it back in the oven, that little tea strainer has my spices in it, I didn’t have any ground cloves so I used whole ones. (told you the recipe was forgiving)
I cooked again overnight at 250 degrees.
Next you can use your Boat Motor (Immersion blender) to make it that fine consistency of apple butter. Food processor works too!
No pictures of canning it. But you ladle it into hot jars and put lids on it. Use the Ball Canning instructions for canning it. It’s really easy!
You use the same recipe substituting pears to make Pear Butter. This stuff is great on biscuits or toast. My Grandma Tubbs always had apple butter in her refrigerator and that’s where I learned to love it. I learned to can from her and wish I could say this was her family recipe but I don’t remember her making any, she always had the store variety.
Cracker Barrel has some great apple butter and you can buy it in their Country store. But try making some, now that apples are in season. It makes great Christmas gifts!
This was my new experiment with Photoshop Elements, to see if I could learn to make recipe cards. The Apple graphic is from The Graphic’s Fairy and I am linking this post to Karen’s Brag Monday!