Our little grandkids love apple butter! Apple butter is one of those culinary delights that can be difficult to find in the grocery stores and if you do, it is likely filled with sugar, artificial flavours and colours or preservatives. However, all natural apple butter can be found at farmer's markets as well as specialty food shops. Apple butter is extremely easy to make!
Once the applesauce is made rather than leave as is, it can easily be made into apple butter or apple leather. Both are excellent for gift giving! To make apple butter, pour the prepared applesauce into a large Dutch oven. Cover partially then let bake at 120°C/250°F, stirring occasionally until reduced by about half. The butter with be thick with a nice caramelization and mounds on the spoon. Once it has reached the desired thickness, the apple butter can be ladled into hot jars and processed in a boiling water bath canner as per applesauce.
Our grandkids will be elated to find a jar of apple butter for each of them under Grandma and Papa's Christmas tree! Shhh...we won't tell them about the other jars of apple butter stored safely in Grandma's pantry :)