This Homemade Apple Butter that is super easy to make!
Okay, I admit that my method is not exactly “from scratch” and I use a shortcut, however the ending result is very delicious apple butter with homemade taste!
So what do I do? Instead of washing, cleaning, peeling and cutting raw apples, I use inexpensive Applesauce that I buy at my local grocery store. Aldi sells the organic unsweetened Applesauce (46 oz jar) for around 2 bucks only.
In a large pot, mix a jar of unsweetened applesauce with 2 lb sugar and, if you like cinnamon in your apple butter, 2 Tbs cinnamon. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat down to low. Cook for one hour, stirring the apple butter every few minutes to let the liquid evaporate faster. When your apple butter is nice dark brown color and thick (not runny), take it off the stove and let it cool off. It will get even thicker as it gets cooler. Store the apple butter either in the refrigerator or at the room temperature. It stays fresh for weeks. This apple butter is great on a toast, or as a filling for the flaky Apple Butter Hand Pies. When making a pie filling, make sure to stir 1 Tbs flour per cup of the apple butter.
Give it a try! It is delicious!