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Homemade Apple Butter Recipe
By Capper's Farmer Editors | Jul 2, 2015
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Try your hand at this simple recipe for homemade apple butter.
Place apples in a large stockpot. Add just enough apple cider to keep the apples from sticking while cooking. Cook until soft and mushy. Remove and cool slightly.
Put mixture through a sieve. (You should have about 18 cups of purée.)
In a large, ovenproof casserole dish or roasting pan, combine purée with remaining ingredients, mixing well. Spread mixture evenly, pressing into corners and smoothing top.
Place dish in a cold oven and turn oven to 300 F. Bake until mixture is thick, stirring every 30 minutes to 1 hour for the first few hours, and then more often as the apple butter thickens. To test doneness, place a small amount of apple butter on a plate. When no rim of liquid separates from edges of the butter, it’s done.
Immediately pour apple butter into hot, sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Seal with lids and bands.