The quickest way to make a delicious Apple Butter. Perfect for spreading on toast or bagels!
What do you see when you look outside your window right now? Is Fall in full swing in your neck of the woods?
It sure is here, in Kansas. I think last year the weather went crazy fast from hot to cold and the trees never turned into the gorgeous red, orange and gold colors. They just went to dead dark brown. Disappointing to say the least.
But this year, the warm weather and rain allowed the leaves to slowly turn into a gorgeous mix of red, orange, gold and purple. I have a huge tree that I can see right through my office window. When the sun shines, it glows! Beautiful gold rays are filling the rooms on this side of the house. It’s definitely something I look forward to every fall.
Apples are definitely something I also look forward to every fall. I love to arrange them in a huge bowl and set them on the dining room table, to enjoy their beauty.
But of course they are not just for looks. If I am lucky enough and can snag a few to cook with before we all snack on them, I love to turn them into a delicious filling for crepes or pancake topping, my favorite crumb bars, super easy pudding cake or make a fall spread – like this Apple Butter.
This apple butter does not require hours of cooking, like you would find in most recipes. Instead, you mix a few ingredients in your blender and you are done. Yes! That easy and fast! I used my new Blendtec Blender to make this butter and actually adapted the recipe from their cookbook that comes with the machine. ( I will share my thoughts on the blender soon!) The butter came out extremely smooth and had the perfect texture for spreading. I also used it in my crumb bars in place of the applesauce. For a darker color and deeper flavor, use molasses in place of maple syrup.
This recipe makes 1 cup of butter.
- 1/2 c warm water
- 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 2 Granny Smith apples , peeled, sliced and steamed (see tip)
- 1/4 c raisins
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- Place all ingredients in the blender and blend to smooth.
- Pour into a jar with lid.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- !tip for apples:
- If you don't want to steam the apples, you can place the slices and 1/4 c water in a medium saucepan and cook until soft. Drain from remaining water and then place the apples in a blender.
- If the apple slices are hot, let them cool before blending into a butter.
By the way, the bread you see in the picture above is one of the easiest apple breads I have ever made and absolutely scrumptious! And it’s made in a blender too! Recipe coming soon!