Wednesday, May 19, 2010

What is Apple Butter and How to make it?

Many of you might not have heard of apple butter. This is not a fat replacement or has anything to do with fat. It can of course replace some fat in the recipe just like applesauce. Many people ask me what it is and where can they get it. For those who are not residing in U.S or cananda, it can be difficult to find. This is easy to make at home provided you have a slow cooker. You could make it in a pot too, but since this has to be cooked at a very low heat, it takes hours to get it cooked and you might not want to be stuck at home all those hours. Slow cooker works best since you can dump everything and leave the house.
Here is a link which shows how to do it in steps with pictures. I usually buy mine since I neither have a slow cooker (now that I think of, I might have to buy it oops) nor have the patience to keep an eye on it for 9 hours.This recipe uses apples directly. For those who want to just buy it, it is available in most of the grocery stores in the same isle where you can find 'Applesauce'.
There is another recipe which uses applesauce (homemade or store bought). I am giving you a decent sized version of that. Since it uses such a huge quantity which is impractical for home use, I am trying to scale down the recipe.

9 cups of unsweetened applesauce (Don't worry it gets cooked down so much it won't be much)
1 cup sugar
1/2 TBSP Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
2 pinches all spice (You can skip this if you can't get it)


Follow the steps given in here. You can just refrigerate it if it is just one jar. It will stay fresh for up to 6 months.

You can make Pumpkin butter in a similar way too. I love using pumpkin butter in baking but it is very expensive to buy.

On a second note, Priya of 'Mharo Rajasthan's Recipes' is having a 'CFK - Whole wheat with Fruit'. I am sending her all these recipes. (God help her I have so many which match the requirement). This event was started by Sharmi of 'Naivedyam'.

So, here goes my entries:
Cranberry Orange Rice Muffins
Cranberry Pull apart buns
Pear Spice Muffins
Vegan Apple Date Muffins
Vegan applesauce spice mini muffins
Whole grain waffles with apple butter
Whole wheat cinnamon rolls with apple butter
Apple butter spice bread
Eggless Avocado Bread
Mango Bread
Multigrain Banana bread

Thanks Priya for letting me know about this. And Good luck with your event.
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  1. Apple butter, first time I am hearing about it. Aplle sauce+cinnamon is a beautiful combo !!! Sounds yummy.

  2. Apple butter sounds yumm!! will try soon..

  3. ounds interesting and yummy. Nice post.

  4. Thank you very much Champa for all these wonderful recipes. They are wonderful additions to the event :)

  5. Interesting info,new to me. Thanks for sharing.


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