Being a New England native, I love apple-picking season. Grab some apples and peanut butter to make this creamy PB&J riff. Dunk in sliced fruit or graham crackers, or spread it on a sandwich. —Brandie Cranshaw, Rapid City, SD
A few years ago, I decided to try my hand at canning. This first recipe I tried was such a success that I've been canning like crazy ever since! You'll love the truly autumn flavor of this apple butter.
The taste of homemade apple butter is worth the time it takes to make this delectable spread. My dad's family made theirs in the backyard in a big copper kettle over a fire of burning hedge wood. It took 6 bushels of apples, 60 lbs. of sugar, four cinnamon sticks, a lemon slice and about 9 hours of constant stirring to make 18 gal. of apple butter—about a year's supply! —Rev. Willis Piepenbrink, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
After strawberry picking for the first time, I developed this fruity, spreadable butter. Try other fruit spreads using raspberries, blackberries, even seedless jams like apricot, my favorite. —Julie Herrera-Lemler, Rochester, Minnesota
My family loves the flavor of French toast in the morning. So for a little variety, we like to replace maple syrup with this slightly sweet topping. It takes just minutes to make.—Carole Bilobeau, Kitchener, Ontario