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Break Out The Biscuits For This Homemade Apple Butter

This recipe is a great way to use apples that maybe don't look the most appealing but still taste great.

apples and spices cooking for apple butter

Photo: Annie Corrigan/WFIU

Along with the apples we've added lemon zest, Sweet Seasons Spice Blend and ginger. Soon we will have apple butter!

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Cooking Directions

  1. Bring apples, sugar, and spices to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer 30-45 minutes until apples are cooked down.
  2. Puree in blender until smooth.
  3. 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.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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