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Stovetop Apple Butter Recipe

Stovetop Apple Butter Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 8 hours YIELD:32 servings


  • 6 to 7 pounds tart apples, unpeeled and quartered
  • 3 cups water
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)


  • 1. In a 6- to 8-qt. heavy kettle, bring apples and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until apples are tender. Press cooked apples through a colander or food mill. Discard peels.
  • 2. Return pureed apples to the kettle. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until the consistency is very thick and the color is dark brown, about 8 hours. Freeze in containers. Yield: 4-6 cups.

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons equals 135 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, trace protein.