Making Apple butter at Home, What to do with Apple butter Making Apple Butter
MAKING APPLE BUTTER AT HOME
©1998 Berkeley Springs Apple Butter Festival

So, you do not want 40 gallons of apple butter and you do not have 25 friends willing to spend two days peeling, snitting, stirring and canning with you.  Does that mean your only hope for apple butter is the Apple Butter Festival or buying a commercial product that has no similarity to the authentic stuff?  The answer should be “yes,” at least to attending the festival, but honestly, it is not.  You can make apple butter in small quantities for home use in everything from a four-quart stainless steel pot to a microwave.  When you make a small quantity, you do not need to peel the apples, instead you can remove the peels by putting the softened apples (the puree) through a sieve or food mill. 

Stovetop Apple Butter
15 medium sized apples (4-5 lbs.)
1.5 quarts sweet cider
1.5 lbs sugar (3 cups)
1 tsp each: cinnamon, allspice & cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg.
If you want sugarless apple butter, just leave out the sugar.  It will still work.
Select firm, tart cooking apples. (For sugarless, choose sweet apples.) Wash and slice; do not remove core, seed or peel.  Add cider and boil 15 minutes or until apples are soft.  Press through sieve.  (You should have about 3 quarts pulp.)  Gently boil the pulp 1 hour or until it begins to thicken, stirring occasionally.  To save time, you can use commercial applesauce instead of making your own apple puree.  Stir in sugar and spices and continue cooking slowly 3 hours or until thickened, stirring frequently.  Pour into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space.  Seal.    Makes 3-5 pints.

Oven-baked Apple Butter
15 medium sized apples (4-5 lbs.)
1.5 quarts sweet cider
1.5 lbs sugar (3 cups)
1 tsp each: cinnamon, allspice & cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg.
Select firm, tart cooking apples. Wash and slice; do not remove core, seed or peel.  Add cider and boil 15 minutes or until apples are soft.  Press through sieve.  (You should have about 3 quarts pulp.) Put puree in two roasters that will fit in oven.  Stir in half the sugar.  Bake at 325 degrees F, stirring every half hour with a wooden spoon.  After one hour of cooking, add the remaining  sugar and the spices.  Cook until the apple butter is thick and deep brownish red.  3-4 hours.  Makes 3-5 pints

Crockpot Apple Butter
12 apples
2 cups apple cider
sugar
cinnamon
allspice
cloves
Wash, core and quarter apples but do not peel.  Combine apples and cider in lightly oiled crockpot, cover and cook on high for about 3 hours.  Sieve apples.  For each pint of sieved fruit add 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice and 1/2 tsp cloves.  Stir well. Cover and cook on high, 6 to 8 hours stirring every 2 hours.  Remove cover after 3 hours to allow fruit and juice to cook down.

Microwave Apple Butter
Create apple puree by simmering 12-15 apples, sliced and cored along with 1 cup cider 4-6 hours in a pot on the stove. Leave on skins for color but sieve out when finished cooking down the puree. Or you can start with prepared unsweetened applesauce.
Add 1/2 cup sugar per quart of puree
2-4 tbl. cinnamon
1-2 tsp. nutmeg
1 tbl. molasses
Put in a microwave dish and cover with plastic.  Cook 3-5 minutes at a time separated by 5-7 minute gaps.  Stir every time you restart the microwave.  Do this for about an hour. 

©1998 Berkeley Springs Apple Butter Festival

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MAKING APPLE BUTTER AT HOME  
What to do with apple butter - how to use it!

Apple butter is a traditional German and Pennsylvania Dutch treat.  If you grow up in those cultures, you may have it heaped on cottage cheese or yogurt. Hey!  Don't knock till you;'ve tried it.  I can't stand cottage cheese, but with apple butter on it: yum!

Other folks spread apple butter on toast!  Here are some of the many other suggestions.  

  • Apple butter sandwiches! A little peanut butter is often added! 
  • As a sauce to accompany pork loin or pork chops. 
  • Add it to your morning oatmeal. 
  • In sandwiches: grilled turkey,brie and apple butter sandwich 
  • Flour tortillas crepes - heat the tortillas with a little oil, roll them up with apple butter as a filling. Then sprinkle them with a little cinnamon and sugar and toss them back in the skillet for a bit to caramelize the sugar and give them a crispy coating. 
  • Melt apple butter and pour it over pecans that have been warmed in the oven, then sprinkle with a little salt and eat or serve while warm. 
  • Use instead of maple syrup on Pancakes or French toast. 
  • Make cakes using apple butter instead of part of the oil (about 50%). Eating Well's "Favorites" cookbook has a recipe for carrot cake, and there are Apple Spice Cake recipes online, too. 
  • On ice cream - try warm apple butter on vanilla ice cream . 
  • Apple Butter Bars (like date squares) - Use apple butter as the filling. 
  • Apple butter muffins 
  • Marinate fish (try salmon)  in a ginger teriyaki for a few hours, then put apple butter on both sides of the fish. If you like Blackened Cajun still, also sprinkle with red pepper.  Then, either way,  wrap in tin foil and put on the grill for 10 minutes or until flaky.




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