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