Spirited Apple Butter

Spirited Apple Butter

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

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Total Time

3:20

Hrs:Mins

Makes

5

cups

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.
Makes 5 cups butter
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Did You Know...
Even though this thick mixture contains no butter, its name comes from the fact that it spreads like butter.
Time Saver
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.
Variation
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:

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