This small batch apple butter with maple syrup is the perfect fall treat, and a great way to use up a few apples you may have lying around during this time of year.
Author:A Tavola Kitchen
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:1 hr 25 minutes
Total Time:17 minute
Yield:about 2 cups, or 16 2 tbsp servings 1x
5 medium apples (about 2.5 pounds apples)
2 cups filtered water
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 tsp all spice
2 tbsp maple syrup
Roughly peel and chop apples. Remove any remaining seeds from cores.
Add apples (cores included) and water to a large pot and cover. Bring to a very gentle simmer over medium or medium-low flame and cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are beginning to fall apart, about 25 minutes.
Kill the heat and remove and discard apple cores. Use an immersion blender to process the apples until they resemble apple sauce. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, you could transfer the apples to a blender or food processor and pulse a couple times.)
Add maple syrup and spices to apple mixture and return to a medium flame. Allow to cook uncovered and stir occasionally for about an hour or until the apples reach your desired consistency. (The apple butter should hold its shape on a spoon once ready.)
Allow to cool before transferring to an airtight container.
I recommend using a larger pot than you think is necessary. The apples may splatter during step 4, and a high-walled pot helps contain any mess.