Apple butter is a great, low calorie fruit jam, perfect for toast, pancakes, or a fruit filling for cookies and pastry.

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts apples, peeled and cored, cut into medium-thin slices
  • 2-½ teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1-3 cups sugar, (depending on tartness of apples)

Directions

Place the apples in a large pot with about a cup of water, cover, and cook apples down to about 10 or 12 cups of puree. Depending on the type of apple, this can take 10 to 30 minutes. Mash with a potato masher, or run through a food processor if you want a really smooth consistency. Mix in all other ingredients, adding sugar to taste, and bake at 300°F for about 2 hours until a nice, thick, jam-like consistency is reached.

Sterilize 6 pint jars in a canner, along with the lid inserts. Remove the apple butter from the oven, and ladle directly into the hot jars. Seal the lids, ensure that they all 'pop' as they cool to prove that they have a good seal. Will keep for years.

Categories
Condiments, Fruit, Jams and Jellies, Low Saturated Fat, Vegetarian
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