Nicole Ciuppa, RDN
Orchard Fresh Apple Butter
Apple butter can be added to so many different foods and is one of my favorite ways to add flavor to food around harvest time. You can spread it on toast or a matzo, mix it into oatmeal, add it to pancake/waffle batter, and even glaze a roasted chicken with it. I would love to see all of the delicious ways you add apple butter to your favorite foods so be sure to use #nutritionallynicole on social media to share them with me. I may even feature you on my Instagram story!
Serves: 32 oz Mason jar
2 pounds apples, peeled, cored, and diced
1/2 cup farm fresh apple cider
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup lightly packed brown sugar
Add the apples, apple cider, cinnamon, and sugar to a sauce pot. Mix all ingredients together to evenly coat the apples. Bring to a boil then reduce to a medium-low heat. Allow the apple mixture to simmer with the lid on for 1 hour until the apples become tender and some apples begin to break apart. Stir occasionally to ensure the apples at the bottom of the pot do not burn.
Turn off the stove top and use an immersion blender to carefully puree the apples until they are completely smooth. You do not want any lumps left.
Place the pot back on the stove and let the apple butter simmer for 15-20 minutes or until it has reduced to thick spreadable consistency. Keep in mind that the apples with thicken even more once cooled.
Boil a mason jar and it's lid in a pot of water. With sterilized metal tongs, remove the jar from the boiling water and carefully pour the hot apple butter into the jar. With the same tongs, lid the jar and screw on the lid. Allow the jar to cool to room temperature and then store your apple butter in the refrigerator.