Apple Butter

Apple butter is a delicious way to celebrate seasonal apples. The difference between apple sauce and apple butter is that the pureed apples are thickened and concentrated to create an all-natural condiment, which can be used as a spread but also as an ingredient in marinades, dressings, and baking recipes.

It is delicious dolloped onto warm porridge on chilly mornings, with cold meats and cheeses, or added to traybakes for a delicious twang. Try it instead of ketchup with your sausages!

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Apple Butter

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Sauces, Dressings & Dips
Servings 10 people
Suitable for Special Diet (or adaptable) Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian



  • Core and roughly chop the apples (keep the skins on). Place in a large saucepan, add the water and ground cinnamon. Simmer for around 20 minutes, until the apples are cooked and soft.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool before blending to a smooth puree. Return the puree to the pan and simmer gently for approximately 25 minutes, until it thickens and darkens.
  • Allow to cool (the apple butter will continue to thicken as it cools), then pop into an airtight container.


Apple butter can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks or can be frozen for up to 3 months. If you have plenty of apples, why not double up the recipe.
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  1. A great idea !
    I hate seeing apples and other fruit lying around in gardens unused.
    Nothing gets wasted here.

    Another popular way that children would like is yummy apple jelly.
    Measure the puree in a jug and make up with water to the required amount for gelatine leaves.

    For older people stir in cream before setting.

  2. We have made this and it was yummy which is good as we have a lot of apples!! Can you do a cake recipe or two to help me know how to use it other than breakfast compote. Thanks