Apple Butter

My next recipe is for apple butter. After serving spiced cider at a party, I just happen to have a little cider left over. This recipe calls to add spices; but since my cider was already spiced, I omitted this step.


  • 4-1/2 C apple cider
  • 14 cups apples, cored, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 3 1-pint canning jars and lids



Pour cider into a large Dutch oven; boil for 15 minutes. Stir in apples; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until tender; about 1 hour; stir every 15 minutes. Remove from heat and mash apples with potato masher or puree in food processor. Return to low heat. Heat uncovered and stir until thickened, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for 15 minutes.

At this point, you can go through the canning process or just pour into jars and refrigerate.


This recipe is really easy and tastes wonderful. I like to serve apple butter on biscuits, but you can also serve it with pancakes, oatmeal, muffins, toast, or even use it in cake and bread recipes in place of the oil.


February 9, 2011. Breads.

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