Making apple butter has to be one of the best fall activities out there. Not only do you get to enjoy this sweet autumn treat when you are done, but it also makes your house smell wonderful. Like fall. Wonderful fall.
A couple weeks ago, I had a group of ladies over to make and can apple butter. When you are doing a canning project I highly recommend having a few people over. You will appreciate those extra hands and conversation, and in the end you will feel totally bonded together like you just went through something traumatic together. But a good kind of trauma.
This particular recipe takes a bit of time. I’ve made this recipe before in a smaller batch and the time it took was reasonable. In a larger batch, it takes a little more patience. So snacks are key, y’all. Or maybe even a meal.
I made butternut squash quiche and pumpkin bread for my guests. I’m pretty sure that is what kept them around until the end. Well that, and the promise of sweet, sweet apple butter.
But here is the deal, it is totally worth it. Especially when you bust out those biscuits the next morning and slather on some of that apple goodness. It’s almost like eating apple pie for breakfast, but maybe even (gasp!) better than apple pie.
I based my recipe off of the Sweet Apple Cider Butter recipe from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. If you don’t have this book, I highly recommend getting it, stat. It is great for those basic, and not so basic, canning recipes.
I only included the recipe and not canning instructions below as I recommend checking out this water bath canning guide for how to prep and prepare your jars properly, especially if you have not done it before. Doing it properly is super important, so be sure to follow that guide.
I hope you get a group of friends together and make this recipe. You’ll be bringing a little more fall into your world. Enjoy!
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