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Spirited Apple Butter

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 20 min
  • Servings 5
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Brown sugar, spices and sweet red wine give this apple spread lots of spirit.

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

Directions

  • 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%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1/2 Fruit;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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