Bill's Apple Butter Recipe
Since retiring, I have more time to tend to our 75 apple trees and to experiment in the kitchen. I came up with this old-fashioned apple butter after some trial and error. The red-hot candies make it unique.Bill Elliott, Urbana, Missouri
- 15 pounds early-season apples (Gala, Jonathan and/or Cortland), peeled and quartered
- 3/4 cup cider vinegar
- 5-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
- 4 cups sugar
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 cup red-hot candies
- 1 cup boiling water
- Place apples and vinegar in a stockpot; cover and cook over medium heat for 30-40 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly. In a food processor, process mixture in batches until blended. Return all to the pan.
- Add the brown sugar, sugar, cinnamon, salt, extract, cloves and allspice. Dissolve red-hots in boiling water; stir into apple mixture.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours or until mixture reaches a thick, spreadable consistency. Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot sterilized 1-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and adjust lids. Process for 5 minutes in a boiling-water canner. Yield: 8 pints.
Originally published as Bill's Apple Butter in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p214
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