Friday, September 17, 2010

Sugar Free Apple Butter Recipe

The September 2010 Daring Cooks’ challenge was hosted by John of Eat4Fun. John chose to challenge The Daring Cooks to learn about food preservation, mainly in the form of canning and freezing. He challenged everyone to make a recipe and preserve it. John’s source for food preservation information was from The National Center for Home Food Preservation.

I am a little late with my canning project for this challenging.  I was super ambitious earlier on and tried to make blueberry jam, which failed, badly.  Then, I tried to do this recipe, but I forgotten the boiling apple on the stove while I played Starcraft II.  I ruined the batch and as well as the pot.  This is my third attempt.  It tasted pretty good considering there are no added sugar.

12 Apples (Peel, cored, and sliced) Gold Delicious, Gala, and Granny Smith all work and you can mix match as well
1 cup Apple Cider (check the ingredient to make sure there are no added sugar)
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Allspice
¼ teaspoon Grounded Gloves

1. Combine apple and cider in a pot. Slowly cook it and stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook until soften (falling apart)
2. Use a potato masher and mash the apple.
3. Add the spices.  If you find your apple too sour, you can add a little bit of agave syrup or honey.
4. Slowly cook the mixture until it thickens.  Stir occasionally.

To test for doneness, spoon a small quantity onto a clean plate; when the butter mounds on the plate without liquid separating around the edge of the butter, it is ready for processing. Another way to test for doneness is to remove a spoonful of the cooked butter on a spoon and hold it away from steam for 2 minutes. It is done if the butter remains mounded on the spoon.

Once it is ready, follow the canning instruction here.  My apple butter taste like tart apple pie filling. nom nom.

I got four cans of apple butter. Any takers?

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