Prep 30 mins
Cook 3 hrs
This low-fat spread cooks all day long and makes the house smell delicious. I got this recipe from Family Fun Magazine and it is wonderful!
- 9 -10 apples
- 1 cup apple cider
- 2 teaspoons apple pie spice (or 1/2 tsp. each nutmeg and allspice and 1 tsp. cinnamon)
- Peel and core the apples, then cut them into 1 inch chunks. (Don't worry about making them perfectly sized).
- Place the apples in a large, nonreactive saucepan and pour the cider over them.
- Cover the pot and cook for about 30 minutes over low heat or until the apples are soft.
- Cool the mixture until it is only warm to the touch.
- Divide it into two batches and puree each in the bowl of a food processor or blender. (At this point, you will have an unsweetened applesauce, which makes excellent baby food).
- Pour all of the pureed fruit into a 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish, spread evenly.
- Sprinkle with the apple pie spice, and stir well.
- Bake in a preheated 300 degree oven for 2 to 3 hours or until your apple butter is deep brown and thick.
- Stir the puree every 20 minutes.
- Cool the apple butter and then scoop it into a clean jar with a sealable lid.
- It will keep for up to 2 months in your refrigerator.
- Spread it on toast, crackers, or sandwiches.