Maple-Sweetened Apple butter is my solution to all of the apples that we are harvesting from the 5 trees in our yard.
I have had neighbors and friends tell me how lucky we are to have our apple trees. I smile and nod my head in agreement.
The truth of the matter is, having 5 apple trees creates a lot of mess and a lot of work. The flip side of that is, we get a lot of sweet, crunch, delicious apples.
Finding recipes to use those apples in is not hard. There are so many delicious and tasty apple recipes out there. I think we could have a dish with apples in it every night of the week. Of course, eating apples every day gets boring and old. No matter what the Doctor says, I don’t want an apple every day.
What I do want is an apple (or something made with apples) in December. Or perhaps January or February. I certainly don’t want to go to the store to purchase them. At that time of the year, they are so expensive and I worry about the poisonous chemicals on them.
So, what am I to do? Well, I can apples.
We always have jar after beautiful jar of apple sauce, spiced apples, apple pie filling and more. I love to reach in my pantry and bring out a jar of sweet applesauce and serve it to my family. I swear, we can taste the summer sun in every spoon.
Since Big and I are on a clean eating path to better health, I am cutting out white sugar. This recipe for maple–sweetened apple butter appealed to me because it is sweetened with maple syrup.
I found this recipe in a wonderful book called “preserving by the pint“. You can purchase it on Amazon – I am an affiliate for Amazon and make a small commission if you purchase from one of these links. Thanks for your support.
Please note: Canning foods is a science. Please read and follow the exact instructions on canning at the Ball Jar page. One last note, if you do not can, you can make this recipe and place it in the refrigerator – it should last a couple of weeks.
Make maple-sweetened apple butter for your family!
Maple-Sweetened Apple Butter
Maple-Sweetened apple butter is a no sugar butter that is great on crackers, toast and more
- 2 pounds of apples 5 to 6 apples
- 1/3 cup grade B maple syrup
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
Prepare a boiling water bath, 2 half-pint jars and 1 quarter pint jar according to the processing directions found at the Ball Website (http://www.freshpreserving.com/waterbath-canning.html)
Wash, core and quarter the apples. Place the apples and 2 TBL water in a medium saucepan. Set the pan over medium-low heat and simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, until the fruit is tender.
Scrape the softened apples into the carafe of a blender and puree until the skis disappear and the flesh is smooth. Return the puree to the saucepan and place over low heat.
Cook, stirring regularly, for 20 to 30 minutes, until the apple puree has thickened a and sits up tall in the bowl of a spoon. You will know if it is not done if the puree is runny and flattens out in the spoon.
Add the maple syrup, spices and lemon juice. Taste and adjust the sweet and tart levels.
Remove the buyer from the heat and funnel into the prepared jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe the rims, apply the lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.
*Note - it is very important to follow the recipe as it is stated. Botulism can be deadly and can occur if the recipe and the instructions are not followed exactly. Please take a few minutes to read the link I am sharing here and on the website - http://www.freshpreserving.com/waterbath-canning.html
Now, I need to tell you that I don’t follow some of the instructions in the recipe. Although I have a blender, I also have a Food Grinder attachment for my KitchenAid mixer. This attachment has made my life so easy.
I use my KitchenAid and the Food Grinder attachment when I make tomato sauce and apple sauce. I am thinking about making my own ground beef and sausage using the attachment. It makes the process so much easier.
If you have the Food Grinder attachment or want to purchase one the instructions are just a bit different.
Here is how to make Maple-Sweetened Apple Butter if you have the attachment.
- Wash the apples
- Remove the stem
- Quarter the apples
- Place the apples in a heavy pot with a cup or so of water
- Simmer the apples until tender (about 10 – 15 minutes)
- Take the apple quarters and process them in the Food Grinder KitchenAid attachment per the instruction.
- Follow the instructions in the recipe
I used the maple-sweetened apple butter on top of crackers that had a little cream cheese on it. I think I will add a little to my oatmeal for breakfast. My Grandmother would have loved a dollop on her cottage cheese.
How would you use this maple-sweetened apple butter? I would love to know. I might try it.
Since I have you thinking about apples, take a minute to see what my good friend Andrea from Homemade for Elle Fried Apples.