Honey Apple Butter Recipe
The aroma is as enticing as the flavor when you are making honey apple butter. How much natural goodness can you fit on a spoon? This recipe is easy to make and uses a crockpot instead of you having to stand over the stove for hours. This easy honey recipe will help you incorporate honey into your diet.
As a child, I always loved the time of year when my Granny made apple butter. Living near the South Carolina mountains, several trips to the apple orchards near Hendersonville, NC were annual events.
The scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and apples permeated the whole house. And Granny would spend hours stirring that large pot of cooking apples. She didn’t have a crockpot but thankfully today we have that option.
What Can You Do With Apple Butter?
Honey Apple Butter can be used in many ways. This delicious spread can be used on toast, bagels or even in a sandwich to add a bit of special flavor.
It can also be used as a side dish on its own or as part of a marinade in some styles of cooking.
If you have a little extra time, you might try my Honey Blueberry Scones with a bit of your homemade apple butter.
Does Apple Butter Contain Butter?
No, apple butter does not contain any butter. Instead this term is used to refer to the buttery consistency of the spread. In fact there are many different fruits you can use to make butter spreads.
Special Tips for Making Homemade Apple Butter
The moisture content of the apples used can vary. That’s why I suggest that you add only a small amount in the beginning. Your recipe will thicken after cooking when it cools.
However, even at 1/2 cup of water, I wanted my honey apple butter to be a bit thicker. I transferred it to a saucepan and heated it on the stove for just a bit.
- 5 pounds apples (any type but mix of sweet and tart is good)
- 2/3 cup of honey
- 2/3 cup of brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cinnamon
- 3/4 teaspoons of nutmeg
- 3/4 teaspoons of cloves
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla flavoring
- 1/2 - 1 cup of water
- Wash apples and peel if desired (you can leave the peel on if you wish). Cut apples into large chunks - discarding the seeds.
- Place apples in a large crockpot and all of the other ingredients. Use a large spoon to stir well and coat the apples with the other ingredients. Start with 1/2 cup of water only.
- Add more water during cook if the apple butter is very thick. Cook on low for 8-9 hours stirring occasionally.
- Once finished cooking, allow the mixture to cool for a short while then add to a food processor or use a blender. OR, if you have an immersion blender you can blend the ingredients right in the crock pot. Blend until smooth.
- Store your finished honey apple butter in a tight sealing container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. When canned in a hot water bath - this makes a great gift.
*honey apple butter should be thick and spreadable but the consistency preferred varies from person to person. The hot mixture will thicken as it cools so keep this in mind when deciding how much water to add to your recipe.
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Serving Size:4 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 25Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g
Storing Your Honey Apple Butter
Your fresh apple butter will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks in a tight sealing container – if you don’t eat it up sooner.
However, maybe you would like to have some on hand for another time – when you may not have time to cook.
One way to store your special apple spread is to freeze it in small containers. Then you can remove small portions at a time.
The other option is to preserve the apple butter using the boiling water canning method. This is a great option if you would like to give small jars of homemade honey apple butter for gifts!
This is what I do when I make this recipe. Those canned jar come in really handy and it is not hard to do.
Final Thoughts on Making Honey Apple Butter
Using honey in your recipes is a great way to add it in your diet – especially for those of you who may not enjoy the taste of honey alone.
The sweetness of the final product will depend somewhat on the apples you use. I find this recipe not too sweet but my husband loves it just like this as he says the flavor of the apples is not overwhelmed.
Making honey apple butter is a great way to use up apples that you may have on hand-before they spoil. And, what a tasty way to be frugal. Anyone wanting a homemade gift? Yes, please.