If you’ve never tried apple butter, you must! Apple season is soon to be upon us, or if your tree is like mine it’s time already to make all the apple things. Apple butter needs to be one of those things for you.
How do you eat apple butter? It’s kind of an odd thing. It’s not exactly a jam, but it’s more than apple sauce. Some people use it as a spread like jam on bread or rolls, you can use it in baking wherever you’d use apple sauce. Like in apple sauce cake or cookies. Or you can be like me and just eat it with a spoon.
- 2 quarts of cooked apple pulp
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- Prepare pint jars and lids by boiling in water for 10 minutes.
- Quarter clean apples and place in a large pot of boiling water to cook. Boil until soft. Press cooked apples through a sieve.
- Measure 2 quarts of pulp into a large thick-bottomed pot.
- Add sugar, cinnamon, and cloves.
- Cook until flavors are blended and apple butter is thick (about 20 minutes). Stir frequently.
- Pour into prepared jars to 1/4 inch from the tops.
- Screw on two-piece lids and process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.
- Remove jars from canner and place on a towel to cool.