Apple Butter was always a real treat growing up. What I never realized is just how easy it is to make at home. And ironically, there isn’t any butter involved in the preparation.
While thumbing through a popular cooking magazine, I noticed an advertisement for Vitamix blenders that included a recipe for Pear Butter. We have a Vitamix, which everyone loves, though unfortunately not everyone loves pears.
Apples, on the other hand, are a fruit everyone can agree upon. And we end up buying plenty of little jars of apple butter over the summer at Farmers Markets.
I’d recommend going with a firm, sweet, flavorful apple such as Honeycrisp. There’s no need to peel the apples, just core them as if you were about to eat them and weigh out the right amount.
One other small change I made with using fresh ginger instead of powdered. They’re worlds apart in flavor. Fresh ginger also gives a distinct kick to the homemade apple butter that’s clean and refreshing.
This produced a delicious result that our 3 year old was eating by the spoonful.
A super easy to prepare Apple Butter with a fresh ginger kick
- 1 1/2 pounds Apples
- 1/4 cup Water
- 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger
- Dash of Cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth
Pour into a saucepan, bring to a light boil and reduce to a low simmer
Stir occasionally and simmer for about an hour to thicken the sauce