Easy Apple Butter

Glass Jar of Apple Jam and slice of brown Bread with jam and butter

Glass Jar of Apple Jam and slice of brown Bread with jam and butter

Savor the flavor of fall with seasonal recipes, starting with this 5-ingredient easy apple butter from Southern Living. Jazz up a ho-hum sandwich or lather on biscuits, crackers, bagels, or toast to take an oh-so-yummy bite out of autumn.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds crips and sweet apples, such as Gala, Honeycrisp, Ambrosia, or Braeburn (about 8 apples)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

Preparation

Cut apples into 1-inch pieces. Bring apples, cider, and 1/2 cup sugar to a rolling boil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Cover, leaving lid slightly ajar, and boil 20 minutes or until apples are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated; stir every 5 minutes. Process cooked apples and cooking liquid in a blender until smooth. Return mixture to Dutch oven. Stir in cinnamon, cloves, and remaining 1 cup sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, uncovered and stirring often, 15 minutes or until thickened. Cool about 45 minutes. Tip: Use a wooden spoon to draw a line through the apple butter on the bottom of the pot; if the line holds for 5 seconds before the apple butter merges back together, it’s finished cooking. Spoon into airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 2 months or freeze up to 6 months.

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