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Freshly baked biscuits with homemade Apple Butter,  breakfast doesn’t get much better than that.  Apple butter is one of those treats that you don’t seem to keep in the pantry all year but, I’m not entirely sure why.  It taste like a mouthful of fresh apples and is great not only biscuits but toast as well.  I’ve seen it as a pie and it taste great!  I’ll have to post that recipe later.

My gang of taste tester love when I make fresh apple butter.  And my youngest can seem to get enough when he was little he would eat it by the spoonful.  Oh who am I f00ling he still does when I’m not looking of course.  He also like it on a peanut butter sandwich which, is quite delicious I must confess. It goes so well with many things such as pork chops or waffles.

I can’t remember when I came up with this recipe but I’ve used it for years with great results.  It is very simple and stores will too.  I have canned and sealed a few jars for keeping in the pantry so we have it on hand all year-long.  I also put some up in the nifty little Ball plastic containers for immediate use.  It keeps for about 3 to 4 weeks when refrigerated. If it last in our refrigerator for more than a 2 weeks I’m surprised.

There are still lots of varieties of apples at the market to choose from so it’s a great time to make some up as gifts.  The jars look so pretty with a holiday ribbon wrapped around the neck of the jar.  People just love receiving homemade food,  I guess it because so few people seem to make anything these days. Or maybe it just that they can’t believe you took the time to make something for them.  Whatever the reason I love-making it and EATING too.  And I just love sharing goods with friends and family alike.

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As far as the apples you can use any variety you like just remember some apples cook faster and some stay firm and need a longer cooking period.  Apples very just as much in flavor and if you’re a sweet apple person or a tangy.  Myself I like to mix it up a bit and use some of each but one thing is you want the apple to slowly soften. You have to use a liquid my liquid of choice is apple cider.  Cider gives you the most intense apple flavor but you can use apple juice or even water.  With the addition of cider or juice you are able to lessen the amount of sugar and still make a sweet apple butter.  Another addition is the use of boiled cider you can order it from King Arthur Flour.  You can also get it direct from Willis and Tina Wood of Wood’s Cider Mill in Springfield, Vermont, press apple cider, then boil it till it becomes a thick, pourable syrup – tart-sweet, and intensely apple-flavored. Which ever way you get it you will be happy you did it taste amazing.  Then you’ll find yourself using it in all kinds of recipes from scones to pie you can’t go wrong.

Apple Butter

Ingredients:
pounds assorted apples, peeled and chopped
1 1/2 cups apple cider, juice or water
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar or 1 cup if you have a sweet tooth or are using water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup boiled apple cider optional
1/2 cup Kentucky Bourbon Makers Mark or Jim Beam (optional) Add 1/2 cup juice or water in place of if not using)
In a large pot or dutch oven pan  over medium heat combine the apples, apple cider, boiled apple cider, brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large  pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Bring to a simmer,  cover and cook until the apples are soft, about 20 minutes.Remove from the heat and stir in the bourbon, lemon juice, cinnamon and cloves. Puree the mixture in a blender in batches until smooth (or use an immersion blender).  Return the mixture to the pot and cook, uncovered, stirring every 30 minutes, until thickened and deep amber,  this takes about 30 minutes to an hour (the timing will depend on the kind of apples you use). Remove from the heat and let cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate up to 5 days. Or while still warm fill using clean canning jars as directed in the blue ball canning book. Try it on: Pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, PB&A, Biscuits, Cornbread, Waffles, Potato Pancakes and Pork Chops

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Fresh Apple Butter and Biscuits YUMMY!!

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