Apple Butter #SundaySupper

    I love the fall.  The weather turns cooler but it still warm enough to wear my sandals, the leaves turn beautiful shades of colors, and there is always an abundance of pumpkins and apples.  I love to bake with both apples and pumpkins.  Last year I canned some chunky apple butter that I adored but this year I wanted to make a smoother version of this classic.

    I went to the market looking for the perfect apple for this butter.  I finally settled on a combination of sweet Gala’s and tart McIntosh apples.  The longest part of this process is peeling and cutting the apples.  I peeled them all by hand then used an apple corer/slicer to help me cut them.  This cut down on some time but it still took close to 45 minutes to peel and slice all of the apples.

     I boiled the apples until they were soft and them put them into the food processor to turn them into pulp.  Then the pulp is mixed with spices and sugar to make the apple butter.  The apple butter is then cooked until it has thickened and then processed in the canner.  I enjoyed this smooth version of the apple butter.  It is great on toast, waffles, or even on top of ice cream!

     This week #SundaySupper is all about Gifts From the Kitchen and I can’t think of a better gift then something that has been canned and can be enjoyed anytime throughout the year!  I’m happy to share this apple butter recipe this week.

Apple Butter (recipe from Ball’s Blue Book Guide to Preserving)
4 lbs. apples
4 c. sugar
2 t. cinnamon

1.  Wash the apples.  Core, peel, and slice the apples.  

2.  Combine the apples and 2 cups of water in a large saucepan over medium high heat.  Simmer until the apples are soft.

3.  Pour into a food processor and puree until smooth but not liquified.  Measure 2 quarts of the pulp.

4.  Prepare a boiling water canner and 3 pint jars.

5.  Combine the apple pulp, sugar, and cinnamon in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Cook slowly until thick enough to round up on a spoon.  Stir frequently to prevent sticking.  

6.  Ladle the hot butter into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch of headspace.  Remove air bubbles and readjust headspace.

7.  Put on the 2 piece lid and screw to finger tip tight.  Heat in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes with the lid on. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Remove from the water and let cool for 12 hours then check to make sure the lids have sealed. Store for up to 1 year.

**Makes 3 pints**

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Comments

  1. I whipped up a batch of these for gifts this year although I cheat and use my crock pot. :)

  2. I too have a recipe for Apple Butter made in the crockpot. I have to make extra because it goes so fast.

  3. I must whip up a batch of this! Never made apple butter in a crockpot but it surely sounds delicious! :)

  4. I have always wanted to make apple butter. I didn’t realize it was so easy. This is another great holiday gift idea!

  5. I never realized how easy it was to make apple butter. Now I just need to try canning….

  6. I love apple butter especially on pork!

  7. I adore apple butter! I can’t wait to try to make my own!

  8. I love apple butter!! Oh my goodness this recipe looks so easy and perfect. I have an abundance of apples at the moment and while I planned to make some, this recipe looks much easier to follow than the one I have. Great gift idea!

  9. I loooove apple butter. On anything. Including a spoon ;) This sounds delicious!

  10. What a great gift idea! I haven’t had apple butter in ages, and I know I’d love to receive a jar of a homemade version!

  11. I am going to try this smooth version of apple butter soon! Yum!

  12. The best part about making apple butter is how amazing your house smells while it is cooking. We always make ours in the slow cooker and go out while it cooks. Coming home to that smell is amazing!

  13. I have never made apple butter before but I am sure I would love you recipe. What a wonderful gift!!

  14. I must make some apple butter, it sounds delectable! And it´s perfect as a gift!

  15. Growing up, Apple Butter was one of my favorite things! Brings back such great memories… I look forward to trying this delicious recipe and sharing it with my friends & family!

  16. Yum! I’ve always wanted to make homemade apple butter. This is going on the list. What a great gift idea.

  17. YUM! What a wonderful gift from the kitchen this week! I was not a fan growing up, but I love apple butter now! I’ll have to give this a try!

  18. Apple butter is so good! I love how easy it is to put this together – What a beautiful gift! Thank you for sharing ~ Bea

  19. This looks delicious. I love apples and apple butter. Thanks for sharing.

  20. I cannot tell you how much I love apple butter! I have never made my own though. Now I must try it out!

  21. I think preserves of any kind make fantastic gifts. I LOVE apple butter, and get it from my MIL every year :)

  22. I love apple butter and your recipe sounds delicious and easy!A great gift idea for the holidays :)

  23. I first had apple butter as a kid – my best friend’s mom made some, and it was love at first taste. I’d never had anything like it! It’s been years since I’ve made it, so thanks for the reminder to make this favorite!

  24. Mmm, I love aple butter. This makes me want to learn how to do some canning!

  25. This is always a fave around here

  26. My mom would always have a jar of apple butter in the fridge…so nostalgic! I’d love to receive this as a gift!!!

  27. Apple butter is one of the best food gifts to can! Great choice for #SundaySupper.

  28. Looking forward to trying this awesome recipe!

  29. Sounds like you needed an assistant to peel all those apples! :-) I’ve never had apple butter before but gosh, it certainly looks like a nice item to give (and receive too!)

  30. I love apple butter. This looks fabulous. I love that you used mason jars.

  31. I have to be honest. I have never heard of apple butter until recently. Is it like apple sauce?

  32. You make it look so easy! I would love to try this.

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