Spirited Apple Butter

Spirited Apple Butter

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

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can (12 ounces) frozen (thawed) apple juice concentrate
cup sweet red wine or apple cider
pounds cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into fourths
cup packed brown sugar
cup apple brandy or apple cider
teaspoon ground cinnamon
teaspoon ground ginger
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.
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*:
    • 1/2 Fruit;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.