Apple Butter

This time of year, apples are abundant in all the grocery stores. Instead of just enjoying apples in making pies, juices, smoothies, or eating them as such, try this amazingly smooth and buttery recipe that will make you fall in love with this fruit all over again.

This Apple Butter recipe is so easy to prepare and delicious that you will never pick apple butter from the grocery stores ever again. This recipe offers a great way to preserve apples and enjoy this sweet-tart flavors all through the year. Contrary to its name, apple butter has no amount of butter in it. But most probably, owing to its lovely smooth texture, which resembles that of butter, it must have been called so.

Apple Butter works really well with breakfast toasts, pancakes, or even grilled spicy chicken. This condiment is prepared best when slow-cooked for at least a couple of hours to get the perfect smooth and cooked texture. Cooking apple butter is easy on so many levels that you do not even have to core the apples and just straightaway.

This recipe requires boiling, so for safety reasons, we recommend that you use a
stainless steel pot. Also, stainless steel retains heat better, which is just what we need for this recipe. Chris Riley from The Daring Kitchen Blog wrote a guide about stainless steel cookware, so we recommend you that you check it.

Here is how you should start preparing your favorite condiment.

Appliances:
Pot
Ladle
Spoon
Grater
Knife
Blender

Ingredients:
2 medium apples, peeled and grated
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
A pinch of ground cloves
A pinch of salt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:
1. In a good quality stainless steel pot, add grated apples and start cooking it on low heat while stirring intermittently.
2. Once the bubbles start to appear, add both types of sugars to the pot and
continue to cook it all on low to medium heat.
3. Continue to cook apples uncovered for about an hour or more until the mixture is very thick and extremely soft in texture.
4. Turn off the heat and place the pot on a cool surface.
5. Use a hand blender to blend the ingredients until the mixture is smooth in
texture.
6. Place the puree back on the heat and add ground cinnamon, ground cloves,
salt, and lemon juice to it.
7. Cook it for another two minutes and transfer it to a clean and dry jar.
8. Refrigerate until use.

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