Monday, November 8, 2010

Carmel Apple Butter

I mentioned on facebook that I was making carmel apple butter and several of you asked for the recipe so here it is.

Carmel Apple Butter by Linda J. Amendt
Makes about 7 half pints

Apple Pulp
3 1/2 lbs tart apples, cored, peeled and chopped
2 cups unsweetened apple juice
1 cup water
1/4 cup strained fresh lemon juice

Butter Indredients
4 cups apple pulp
3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1/2 tsp unsalted butter
1 (3-ounce) pouch liquid pectin

To make the pulp: In a 4-quart pan (I had to use an 8-quart pan but that is because I weighed the apples after coring and peeling them), combine the apples, apple juice, water, and lemon juice.

Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the apples are soft, about 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat.

Press the apples and juice through a food mill or fine meshed sieve. Return the apple pulp to the pan.

Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 30 minutes. As the apple pulp thickens, stir th mixture frequently to prevent sticking or scorching. Remove the pan from the heat. Measure 4 cups of apple pulp.

To make the butter: In an 8-quart pan, combine the apple pulp, brown sugar, granulated sugar and butter.

Over medium-low heat, heat the mixture, stirring constantly, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Increase the heat to medium-high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the entire contents of the pectin pouch. Return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat. Skim off any foam.

Ladle the hot butter into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the jar rims and threads with a clean, damp cloth. Cover with hot lids and apply screw rings. Process half-pint jars in a 200F water bath for 10 minutes, pint jars for 15 minutes.

Thursday, November 4, 2010


Miles gets to go trick or treating with his classmates to some of the local businesses. Miles was dressed as angry elephant this year.

A few members of the class getting ready to go out. They have a rope with rings that they hold on to.

Fran's Chocolates was our favorite place to trick or treat. They gave the kids boring candy, but gave the adults a chocolate ganache. Yummm!!