Spirited Apple Butter

Brown sugar, spices and sweet red wine give this apple spread lots of spirit.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 20 min
  • Servings 5

Ingredients

1
can (12 ounces) frozen (thawed) apple juice concentrate
1/2
cup sweet red wine or apple cider
4
pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into fourths
3/4
cup packed brown sugar
1
cup apple brandy or apple cider
1
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1
teaspoon ground ginger
1/4
teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 Heat juice concentrate, wine and apples to boiling in 4-quart Dutch oven; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered about 1 hour, stirring occasionally, until apples are very soft. Mash with potato masher if necessary, to remove all lumps.
  • 2 Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered about 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until no liquid separates from pulp.
  • 3 Immediately pour into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims of jars; seal. Cool on wire rack 1 hour. Store in refrigerator up to 2 months.

Expert Tips

Even though this thick mixture contains no butter, its name comes from the fact that it spreads like butter.

Use a crank-type apple peeler to quickly peel the apples. Or cook them unpeeled, quartered and cored; put them through a mesh strainer or food mill to quickly remove the peelings.

Spirited Pumpkin Butter is another yummy spread. Omit the wine. Substitute 3 cans (15 ounces each) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) for the apples. Increase brown sugar to 1 cup and cinnamon to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Heat all ingredients to boiling in Dutch oven, stirring frequently; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered about 1 hour, stirring frequently. Continue as directed in step 3. Makes about 6 cups butter.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Calories
30
(
Calories from Fat
0),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0g
0%
(Saturated Fat
0g,
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
0mg
0%;
Total Carbohydrate
8 g
8 %
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
0g
0%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Fruit;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.