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Apple Butter

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Yields about 3 cups.

  • by David Page, Barbara Shinn from Fine Cooking
    Issue 21

We often make a double batch of this apple butter and can it. Without canning, it should be stored in the refrigerator, where it will last a few weeks.

  • 4-1/2 lb. McIntosh or Rome apples, peeled, cored, and chopped (about 12 cups)
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar (with 5% acidity, if canning)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

In a large, heavy-based saucepan, combine the apples, lemon juice, and salt. Boil, stirring often, until the fruit softens to a mash, about 30 minutes. Add the sugar, vinegar, and cinnamon. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook, stirring often and scraping the bottom of the pan, until the fruit reduces to a thick purée, about 2-1/2 hours.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per Tbs.; Calories (kcal): 45; Fat (g): 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): 0; Protein (g): 0; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): 12; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 35; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 1;

Photo: Alan Richardson

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