Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Apple Butter!

I absolutely love apple butter! I have previously written how when I was growing up our neighbours made apple butter in a huge copper kettle outside and how much I enjoyed being there. Maybe the fond memories "of old" is part of my liking of this sweet, spicy, preserve.

Last night I made a few jars that I will put with homemade bread for Christmas gifts for my neighbors. The recipe comes from my Aunt Nadine.

20 Minute Apple Butter

8 cups applesauce

5 cups sugar

1/2 cup red hot cinnamon candies

1/2 cup vinegar (yes, I really mean that)

5 teaspoons of powered cinnamon

a few drops of oil of cloves

Bring applesauce, sugar, candy, vinegar, and cinnamon powder to a boil in a large kettle. ( A really large kettle because this mixture "pops" like crazy!) Boil for 15 minutes stirring constantly so that it doesn't stick then add a few drops of oil of cloves. (I usually find this is the pharmacy area of the drug store.) Boil 5 more minutes. Pour mixture into hot sterilized jars and turn upside down for 12 hours to seal.

This is almost, but not quite, as good as the apple butter of my childhood.
Hope everyone has a blessed day!



Libby said...


Andrea said...

Sounds good. I like apple butter. My husband loves apple butter.

Kelli said...

What a yummy and easy recipe, Linda! Phillip loves apple butter!

Lori said...

Your apple butter looks yummy!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Lori said...

Your apple butter looks yummy!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Beach Girl said...

YUMMO! I will definitely try that one after the holidays.


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I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!


Tami said...

My gma used to make the best apple butter. I loved it.

Happy Holidays.

PEA said...

May the joy that comes with Christmas Day remain with you throughout the year!! Merry Christmas dear friend. xoxo

Anita said...

Dear Linda,

A very merry Christmas to you and your family!

Oh my, your tree is so huge! 12 feet tall? Wow! Our tree is quite little this year compared to yours, it's a real one, as usual. And another difference is that we here in Germany usually don't put it up before December 24 in the morning! ;-))

I was so pleased this morning when I found your latest comment on my blog, you will have alliums this coming spring!!!! I am sure they will look great! What cultivar did you chose?

Have a blessed day!