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Creamy and Spicy Apple Butter

Happy Sunday, everybody! Here we are at a new appointment with the editorial project Around the world with apple sweets. Every month, me and my friends Miria and Simona share delicious apple recipes with you, and we hope they are all mouthwatering! For the month of October, I have chosen to offer you some delicious American Apple Butter, a creamy and spicy delicacy that will win you over, believe me! Apple Butter doesn’t really contain butter or other fats. The name of this specialty is given by its creamy and silky texture, which recalls that of soft butter. Apple butter is nothing more than a very concentrated applesauce, enriched with spices and not much more. It is similar to jam, but contains very little sugar.

We are getting close to the Christmas season and we all know that homemade goodies are always very appreciated gifts! Apple Butter is a great idea for friends and family…in the U.S.A. it is a very common and extremely welcome gastronomic gift! It’s delicious on toast, on pancakes and waffles or on scones! So, if you like apples, spices and fruit preserves, you can’t miss this easy recipe!

Recipe inspired by the blog Baking a Moment

Apple butter

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By unamericanatragliorsi Porzioni: 3 small jars
Preparazione: 10 minutes Cottura: 2 hours

Creamy and spicy apple butter


  • 1 kg apples, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 100 ml apple juice
  • 100 g brown sugar + 2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt
  • the juice from half a lemon



Put the apples chunks in a large pot and add all the other ingredients. Mix and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the apples are soft.


Remove from the heat and blend until creamy.


Put on very low heat and cook for about 1 hour or until the purée has reduced and turned dark brown. Stir often to prevent the apple butter from sticking to the bottom of the pot. It is ready when it is thick and silky and remains compact on a spoon, without dripping.


Immediately put into sterilized jars and close with the lid.


Put the jars in a pot and cover them with cold water. Bring to a boil and let boil for 15 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool in the water. Remove from the pot, dry the jars and label them.


Keep in the pantry for up to 6 - 8 months.


If you are planning to consume the apple butter within 10 days, you can skip the sterilization process once the jars are filled. Preserve the apple butter in the fridge.

Here are my friends’ recipes:

Due amiche in cucina (Miria)

Pensieri e pasticci (Simona)

A lovely life to all and see you at my next recipe,


Here you can find all our apple recipes!

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