Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU
I always makes apple butter from the apples that fall from the trees in my mother’s front yard. Those apples are often wormy and knotted and a little gnarly — but they taste awesome!
This apple butter has more complexity to it than traditional apple butter, so you can use it for a lot of different things. This would be great with any kind of poultry. If you have a tart shell that’s pre-baked, you could fill that up with apple butter and then top it with fresh fruit of some kind.
You can also use this to top pancakes, waffles and, of course: homemade buttermilk biscuits.
Homemade Apple Butter
- 8 cups apples (chopped)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- juice of 1 lemon
- 5 strips lemon zest
- pinch salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon Sweet Seasons spice blend or cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- splash of cranberry juice
- Bring apples, sugar, and spices to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer 30-45 minutes until apples are cooked down.
- Puree in blender until smooth.
- Store in an airtight container. As my mom always says, make sure to label and date your containers!
This recipe uses the Sweet Seasons Spice Blend.