Ellena's Apple Butter

Ellena's Apple Butter


1 tbsp butter
3 lbs apples (about 5-6 large), peeled, cored, and medium diced
1/2 cup Latah Creek Riesling
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup apple cider
1/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp salt


In a medium pot, heat the butter on medium until melted.

Add the apples, wine, and lemon juice.

Cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes, or until the apples begin to break down. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for one hour.

Add the apple cider to a blender first, then the cooked apples. Blend on high until smooth (about 30 seconds).

Return the apple purée to the same pot on medium heat. Add the last 5 ingredients and stir well. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot to prevent scorching.

Place in jars and refrigerate.

And here is my youngest granddaughter, Paige, loving the apple butter!

Ellena's Notes

Natalie and her girls LOVE apple butter (you can see Paige approving of it in the picture)! She has a recipe that uses already made applesauce from the store, which you cook for 3 or more hours. She asked for help finding a recipe that uses whole apples, and that is not quite as time-consuming. After a couple of attempts, we found the perfect recipe! Now I’m giving it to you! Tie raffia around the jar and use as a delicious, homemade hostess gift. You can also use pears with this recipe. This is gluten free!

Eat Simple, Eat Well, Ellena