Easy homemade apple butter with no processed sugar.
- 5 medium apples, cored and roughly chopped
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1.5 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium-sized pot. Cover and cook on low heat, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or so until apples have reduced (and your house smells like an apple-y-cinnamon-y heaven).
- Remove pot from stove and let cool, uncovered, for 15 minutes or so. Puree apple mixture with an immersion blender (you could also use a regular blender or food processor, but I love the immersion blender!) until it’s smooth and buttery.
- If you want to thicken your apple butter even more after you’ve pureed it, just return it to the stove over low heat and let it cook down until it’s reached your desired level of thickness. I generally cook the apple butter for an additional 30 minutes to an hour – it all depends on the apples you started with! Just keep an eye on it and tailor the process to suit your tastes.
- Serve apple butter warm or let it cool and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Use whatever kind of apples you like – I used a local variety we picked from our favorite orchard!
I don’t bother to peel the apples for this recipe – the immersion blender purees everything so well that you really don’t need to take the extra prep step (also, I’m lazy, and peeling things is the worst). Just core them and remove the seeds and you’ll be good to go.
If you don’t have maple syrup, you can use brown sugar instead. I don’t like the apple butter too terribly sweet – it’s better if the apples get to shine through! – which is why I opt for maple syrup, but if you like sweeter apple butter just adjust the sugar to suit your tastes!
To make this in a slow cooker, throw all the ingredients together, cook on low for 6 or so hours, and blend as instructed.
To thicken apple butter, continue to cook on the stove (or uncovered in the slow cooker) until it’s at your desired consistency. You can also add a pat of butter to make it a bit more velvety.