This last weekend I made our family favorite, Apple Butter.
8 cups applesauce
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cloves
(I always double this recipe - it fits perfectly into my large pot)
I also make “pear butter” using this same recipe. But since its apple season, and our dear friends Roger and Faye provided us with a bountiful supply of wonderful Golden Delicious apples a week ago, I knew it was time to pull out my Fruit & Vegetable Strainer attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer and get started.
The process begins … and by the way, it’s an easy process if you have a stand-up Kitchen Aid mixer with the attachment.
There is NO peeling and NO coring!
Wash apples in the sink
Quarter and put into a heavy large pot with about 1 cup of water
Boil and stir until apples are soft
Run softened apples through strainer
Beautiful applesauce - eat naturally with no sugar
Yucky skin, stems and seeds, ready to compost
Measure applesauce and other ingredients - stir and heat to boiling
Pour into sterilized jars
Always use brand new sterilized lids, and then ring
Process for 15 minutes in boiling water bath. Cool and ENJOY! We love Apple Butter on toast, waffles, pancaks, and muffins. The family favorite is "peanut-butter-and-jellies" or served warm over ice cream!
I'm having a Fall GIVEAWAY next week to celebrate my 2 year Blog Anniversary!
Included in this giveaway will be a pint of my homemade Apple Butter!
And speaking of giving away Apple Butter, last night I SWAPPED A MEAL again with another mom-friend, Jacquie! We’re keeping it simple and making the main dish for each other’s families. We LOVE variety!
I snuck in some of Roger’s apples, so Jacquie could make a pie, and of course a jar of apple butter! These along with Beef Pot Pie with cheese crust on top for her family!
And Jacquie blessed our family with her outstanding Chicken and Dumplings! One of our boys’ favorite meals when they go to her house!
Aren’t we blessed by food and giving friends?
That is why I love this time of year so much. We all seem to hunker down, make some amazing meals, love, share and most of all give thanks for all that we have.
Enjoy this Apple Butter recipe! I’d love to hear if you’ve ever made apple butter, or if you tried my recipe from last year? (Or maybe you'd love to win a pint next week! Stay tuned ...)