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One-Hour Sugar-Free Apple Butter Recipe ~ This healthy small-batch fruit butter tastes like fresh apples with just a touch of spice, and best of all, this variety of fresh fruit is ready in an hour!
I made this quick little apple butter with some beautiful apples that I picked up last weekend while visiting my daughter in Madison. The garden we went to (Appleberry farm, in Cross Plains Wisconsin, if anyone lives nearby) grows over 20 different varieties of apples, including relics like Pearl rose, Sheep noseand Pineapple Pitmason! It's a lot of fun to see and taste all the subtle differences in these unusual apples, especially if you're used to the limited selection of supermarkets.
What are the best apples to make apple butter?
Don't you know a Pippin from a northern spy? No problem, go for what you want.
- Fortunately, when it comes to apple butter, it really doesn't matter, you can use any apple you want. I used a random mix for my butter, and each batch will be a little different depending on the variety you use.
- Any apple with a good strong flavor is a great option.
- Try mixing varieties, you don't need to be faithful to one type.
- Mix a tart and a sweet apple for a good balance ~ how about Granny Smith with Honey Crisp?
Making apple butter doesn't have to be an all-day affair.
With this recipe it all comes together in an hour, and that includes peeling the apples! I used 2 pounds, or about 8 large apples, and made about a pint of butter. Not bad for an hour of work. (You can leave the peel on the apples for an even faster project.)
TIP: The butter is done when you can drag the spoon down the bottom of the pan and leave a trail without any liquid filling. Another test: Scoop off a bit, and if the butter stays in shape without spreading, it's done.
This particular apple butter has a fresh apple flavor and is pale in color. That's because I didn't add a lot of extra liquid to the apples, so they cook quickly. I used whole spices to infuse their flavor into the butter instead of adding directly ground spices to it, which would result in darker butter.
Do you love the taste of fresh apples? Try me French apple jam.
TIP: If you want more of the classic spiced dark apple butter, increase the cider to 1 cup, add 1 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of molasses and ground spices instead of whole. You will need to cook it longer to get a thick, spreadable consistency.
Making apple butter is such a fun fall project! Try me Apple And Cranberry Butter for another delicious variation of unsweetened fruit butter.
If you choose to leave the peels on your apples, you will want to wash them well. The latest research shows that a 1% sodium bicarbonate / water solution does the best job of removing pesticides.
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An hour of unsweetened apple butter
One-Hour Sugar-Free Apple Butter ~ This small, healthy fruit butter tastes like fresh apples with just a hint of spice, and best of all, it's ready in an hour!
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Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
- 4 pounds apples, about 8 large peeled, cored, and chopped
- 1/2 cup of cider
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 anise stars
- 10 whole teeth
- 10 allspice berries
Put the apples and cider in a large pot with a heavy bottom.
Tie the whole spices in a gauze packet and add them to the pot. Bring to a boil, then cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the spice bag and puree the apples in a high speed blender or food processor. Work in batches, if necessary.
Return the puree to the rinsed pot and continue to cook for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until thick. I add the spice sack at this stage. Note: the butter will sizzle a bit, so it's helpful to cover the pot with a splash screen. The butter is ready when you can drag the spoon down the bottom of the pan and leave a trail without any liquid filling it.
Remove the spice bag and fill a jar or jars. Let cool before covering and refrigerate. Plan to consume within 2 weeks, or freeze for longer storage.
Make this apple butter recipe your own ~
- If you like things a little sweeter, add a little sugar or brown sugar to the pot with the apples and cider.
- For a spicier butter, try using ground spices, start with 1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon and allspice, with 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and cloves. Add more to taste.
- Leave the peel to add flavor, color and texture.
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