While we were running the apples through the strainer, I remembered reading somewhere that if you put the pulp through a second time, it comes out very thick, and you can make apple butter out of it. So I had to try it…
And it came out a lovely thick sauce, that was simple to make into apple butter. I will do things a bit differently next time, but I made do with what I had this time. The boys are DELIGHTED to have something besides honey to spread on the treasured pieces of bread!!!
4 Cups Thick Apple Butter
2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Cloves
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
I also added a bit of honey to one batch and some maple syrup to another. Add more or less spices to your tastes. Stir good, put in jars and water bath 10 minutes.
I was surprised at how much apple butter I ended up with, all from the ‘left over stuff I would have normally threw away’!!!
I did read later, as I was through recipes, that you can add apple juice to make it thinner. And I would have done that, as it was too thick to even cook, but didn’t have any on hand. I think the flavor would go through better with cooking.
But for this first time of trial and error, I think it has turned out pretty good. I grew up with an apple butter recipe that was not even made with apples, but zucchini instead and we LOVED it. But I didn’t want to use the sugar it calls for…
I use Gala apples for apple sauce, and don’t add any sugar. People never notice and it tastes great. The apples are very firm, so take longer to cook. But I think it is worth it.
I know I said the other day I wasn’t gonna post again for a while, but I needed a short break, so thought I would quick post this.
Did I mention it’s finger-licking-good??? They boys cleaned up all the bread I had on hand.
Do you have a favorite sugar-free apple butter recipe to share?? Or other spices you add, or would have added?? Or some other tip or idea??
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