A simple honey-infused apple butter recipe.

A simple honey-infused apple butter recipe.Enjoy apples and honey with this simple apple butter recipe that tastes deliciously dippable.Imagine picture-perfect apples falling into grocery stores and not stopping. Toss together some apple bu...

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A simple honey-infused apple butter recipe.

A simple honey-infused apple butter recipe.

Enjoy apples and honey with this simple apple butter recipe that tastes deliciously dippable.

Imagine picture-perfect apples falling into grocery stores and not stopping. Toss together some apple butter, a more concentrated version of the fruit, and make the most of this abundance. It's always been a velvety smooth, dippable, and spreadable fall favorite, but adding some honey will make it even better.

It seems absurd that honey isn't being used in more apple butter recipes by now. Apple blossom-loving bees already know that apples and honey are practically made for each other, and this recipe invites the two to coexist peacefully on your toast. This recipe works well as a fallback when you're having trouble finishing all of the round boys you picked last weekend because it's basically an elevated apple puree that turns a bushel of apples into a manageable amount of dip.

The only ingredients you need to make apple butter are an acid and a sweetener, along with an abundance of your favorite apples. Your cooked apples will taste a little murky and have an apple cider-like mustiness to it if you don't add a little acid. Although it may sound alluring, the acid in apple butter preserves the flavors' vibrancy even after cooking, and the fermented notes of apple cider don't work as well in apple butter. The sweetener ensures that your apple butter tastes delicious even if the natural sweetness of your apples varies, counteracting the tang of acid.

You can customize the flavor of your butter. Certain recipes emphasize the use of cinnamon and spices, while others focus more on vanilla. Using just a tiny pinch of cinnamon to add some warmth, I made sure the honey flavor remained prominent.

Methods for making apple butter.

1. Get the apples ready.

To begin, peel, core, and slice your apples into half-inch pieces. It is possible to leave the peels on, but doing so requires sieving the skin out at the end, which can be a bothersome (and hot) step. As long as they are about the same size, the shapes don't really matter. You want them to cook at the same pace, but since they will eventually crumble and blend, precise slicing is not necessary.

2. Reduce the cooking temperature of the apples.

After adding the liquids, salt, and apple slices to a large pot, cook over medium-low heat for approximately half an hour. Cover partially with a lid; check and stir from time to time. During this time, the apples will start to release their own juices, which may make the mixture appear to have too much liquid. That almost all evaporates during cooking, so don't worry.

Three. Mix the apples thoroughly.

Remove from the heat after using a spatula to break up any large chunks of apple and until the apples are almost applesauce and the liquid has mostly evaporated. Puree the apples in the pot all the way through using an immersion blender. Any type of food processor or standard blender will work if you don't have an immersion blender.

4. Condense the apple puree into a dense butter.

If the puree was in a blender, return it to the pot and stir continuously over medium-low heat for an additional 10 to 15 minutes. If you stop stirring during this time, the mixture will bubble and splatter hot apple lava everywhere. Stir constantly to prevent splashes and bubbles because it will be very hot. You can stir idly, but don't put it down or you'll end up with a messy mess. During this time, more water will evaporate, and you can turn off the heat once you've reached the desired thickness—for me, that was about 10 minutes.

5. Pour in any flavorings.

Stir in the cinnamon, sugar, and honey until well combined. After transferring the hot apple mixture to containers to cool in the refrigerator, let it cool on the counter for about an hour, partially covered.

The type of apple you use doesn't matter; you just get that kind of apple butter, much like honey made from various blossoms. Apple season is made more enjoyable by the variety of applesauce, including Granny Smith, Fuji, and Honeycrisp. Spread it on fluffy challah slices, swirl it into oatmeal, spoon it over ice cream, or use it as a sweet, velvety dip for additional apple slices.

A simple honey-infused apple butter recipe.

½-inch-thick slices cut from three pounds of apples (I used six medium Honeycrisp apples).

1/4 cup water.

Half a teaspoon of salt.

Half a cup of lemon juice.

quarter of a cup red wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar).

one-half cup honey.

A quarter cup of brown sugar.

1 tspn cinnamon.

Put the apples, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and water in a big pot. After the apples have softened and most of the liquid has evaporated, stir over medium-low heat for 30 to 35 minutes.

Use an immersion blender or a food processor of any kind to puree the apples until they are very smooth.

Once again, cook the mixture at a low temperature for 15 more minutes while stirring slowly but continuously until it slightly thickens. Remove the apple butter from the heat and thoroughly mix in the sugar, cinnamon, and honey. Smell. Here, you can change the flavor by adding a little more honey or a squeeze of extra lemon juice. Before putting in the refrigerator, allow it cool for one hour on the counter. Remember that after chilling, the honey-apple butter will become slightly thicker.

Makes six cups of apple butter with this recipe. For your personal stash, store in jars, give as gifts, or keep chilled. Homemade apple butter is said to keep for one to three months on other blogs and websites, but I've never had any last that long. Within two or three weeks, I advise using it.


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