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Small Batch Apple Butter

How to make your own homemade Apple Butter in a small batch. This recipe has no added sugar, but tons of flavor.

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Making a small batch of apple butter is a tasty way to use of some extra apples that you may happen to have in your house. This recipe only needs 4 apples, so it doesn’t make too much and there is no canning needed to enjoy it.

I prefer to make this with tart apples like Granny Smiths, but you can really make this with any variety of apple or even a combination of apples that you may have on hand.

To Make Homemade Apple Butter You Will Need:

  • apples
  • apple cider
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • mace
  • allspice
  • food processor
  • baking pan
  • sauce pan
  • knife

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To begin, you’ll heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Peel, core and cut your apples into wedges and place them in a baking dish. Cover the pan tightly with some aluminum foil and bake for 30-45 minutes or until the apples are cooked and soft. Let them cool a few minutes.

apple on cutting board

You’ll place the cooked apples in your food processor along with the cinnamon, allspice, mace and apple cider. Pulse them until the apples are smooth.

What is Mace?

Mace is an aromatic spice that comes from the dried outer shell of the nutmeg seed. It has a very warm flavor and can be used in all sorts of desserts or savory dishes. At times, mace can be difficult to find in grocery stores. If you can’t find it in your area, you may simply omit it or substitute it with nutmeg.

A note about the apple cider: When you purchase your apple cider, check the ingredients and make sure it has no added sugar. If you have a difficult time finding good apple cider, apple juice can be used in a pinch.

Next, you’ll transfer everything to a saucepan and simmer it over low heat to cook it down. Stir the mixture occasionally as it cooks. This process reduces the liquid in the apple butter, and the length of time will vary between about 30-90 minutes. The total time will depend upon how much moisture was in your apples, and according to how thick you would like your apple butter to be.

Place the finished apple butter in a jar or airtight container and store in your refrigerator.

Small Batch Apple Butter | Wholesome Skillet

This apple butter is wonderful used in any number of ways. Give it a try on some Almond Flour Pancakes.

How to make your own homemade Apple Butter in a small batch. This recipe has no added sugar, but tons of flavor. | Wholesome Skillet

How long does apple butter last?

Because of the acidity in apples, apple butter that is stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator can last up to 9 months more even as long as a year.

But I highly doubt this apple butter will manage to stick around for more than a couple of days.

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Yield: about 1 cup

Small Batch Apple Butter

Small Batch Apple Butter | Wholesome Skillet

How to make your own homemade Apple Butter in a small batch. This recipe has no added sugar, but tons of flavor.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 apples (Granny Smith preferred, but you can use any kind you have on hand.)
  • 1 c apple cider (see note)
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/16 tsp (a pinch) mace

Instructions

  1. To begin, you’ll heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel, core and cut your apples into wedges and place them in a baking dish.
  3. Cover the pan tightly with some aluminum foil and bake for 30-45 minutes or until the apples are cooked and soft. Let them cool a few minutes.
  4. Place the cooked apples in your food processor along with the spices and apple cider.
  5. Pulse them until the apples are smooth.
  6. Transfer everything to a saucepan and simmer it over low heat to cook it down. Stir the mixture occasionally as it cooks. This process reduces the liquid in the apple butter, and the length of time will vary between about 30-90 minutes. The total time will depend upon how much moisture was in your apples, and according to how thick you would like your apple butter to be.
  7. Place the finished apple butter in a jar or airtight container and store in your refrigerator.

Notes

When you purchase your apple cider, check the ingredients and make sure it has no added sugar. If you have a difficult time finding good apple cider, apple juice can be used in a pinch.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 Tablespoon

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 31Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g

This data was estimated and provided by Nutritionix. Accuracy not guaranteed.

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This recipe was shared in Meal Plan Monday.