Tuesday, December 6, 2011

lost recipe {apple butter}

So, before our engagement party I had made apple butter, but then I left my camera in Jacob's mom's car, so here it is. A little late in the season, since we've kind of moved on to Christmas desserts, but just as delicious! Plus, if you plan on going anywhere for holiday parties, or if you're having people to your house, this makes a wonderful personal gift.


4 pounds apples, peeled, cored and cut in wedges
juice of 1 lemon
1 cup apple cider
1/4 cup apple brandy {or if you don't have any, bourbon, which is what I used}
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch cloves
pinch salt

Combine the apples, lemon juice, cider, brandy and cinnamon stick in a large, heavy pot. Set the pot over low heat, allowing the mixture to come to a gentle simmer. Simmer for an hour, until the apples are very soft. Carefully remove and discard the cinnamon stick.

When the apples have cooled slightly, pulse them briefly in a food processor to your desired consistency. Return the puree to the stove and re-heat over low heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook for another hour or so, until the mixture is very thick.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refridgerator.

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