Homemade apple butter is a wonderful step up from applesauce. It is thicker, richer, darker, and much more fragrant. Perfect for spreading on bread or crackers and a wonderful accompaniment to cheese and meats. What's even more wonderful is that making apple butter is easy as pie.
How to use apple butter
Apple butter can be used in a similar way to jam – just spread it on buttered toast or even scones. It is also very versatile in recipes such as cinnamon rolls, streusels and cupcakes. You can even pour it over vanilla ice cream like a sauce.
How to store apple butter
Apple butter will keep in the fridge for at least a couple of weeks. It can also be canned and kept in the pantry. Finally, you can also freeze apple butter in airtight containers – just make sure you freeze it in small quantities so you don’t have to defrost the whole lot at once.
Interested in mastering the art of making apple butter? We share our favorite recipe plus tips for making apple butter from scratch.
Unlike applesauce, which requires just apples and sometimes a bit of sugar, a basic apple butter recipe requires some or all of these ingredients:
fresh lemon juice
How to make apple butter: the recipe
Our favourite way to make apple butter is to do so in the slow cooker. This way the apples cook slowly and thicken without requiring constant monitoring and stirring, as would be the case if you were preparing the apple butter on the stovetop.
This slow cooker apple butter recipe yields great results: just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, cook on low for 8 hours and you'll be set! Consider doing it overnight and you’ll have fresh, warm apple butter to spread on your toast at breakfast.
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