Caramel Apple Butter
Apple butter is one of those things that I always thinks sounds amazing but never really knew what to use it on so I never bothered making it. I remember when I was little my neighbor’s house smelling amazing, like apples and cinnamon, as she slowly simmered her version of apple butter on the stove all day long.
It’s that memory that kept me year after year longingly walking by the apples when they’re in season and wondering if I should give it a try. I guess I really just needed to get over myself because I felt like it might not be worth it to spend the time making apple butter if I wasn’t going to eat it.
This year, though, things changed. I have a blog now and I feel more adventurous in my cooking (and eating…). I’m more willing to try new things because let’s face it: That cooking and baking bucket list is only getting longer. It was time to cross something off the list.
So, I started with chai spiced apple butter. If was going to do this thing, I was going to go all out. It came out AMAZING but it’s not super sweet. I personally don’t love a ton of sugar in anything I eat, but the hubs is a total sugar junkie.
I needed to come up with a recipe that would satisfy even his massive sweet tooth, so I thought why not swap chai flavors for caramel? I tried it out and the result is this amazing apple butter.
The consistency of the butter is smooth and silky, and you can definitely taste the sweetness from the caramel and a little bit of tartness from the apples (though I used Honeycrisp apples so there really wasn’t a lot of tartness, just a hint). You could use any apple variety that’s your favorite - a sweeter apple results in a sweeter apple butter.
So, now caramel apple butter is my favorite new condiment for fall. And the mystery of what to eat it on? Waffles (you can make your own but if you’re in a hurry, Kodiak Cakes makes some amazing frozen ones!), English muffins, biscuits, crackers with cream cheese, on toast, on a bagel, and of course in my caramel apple “grilled cheese” sandwiches.
What’s your favorite dish to eat apple butter on?
Let me know then go whip up a batch of this delicious treat.
Caramel Apple Butter
This caramel apple butter will quickly become your favorite fall condiment.
Makes: 1 pint-sized jar
- 4 large sweet apples (such as Honeycrisp), peeled, cored, and chopped into roughly 1” cubes.
- 5 wrapped caramels (such as Kraft), unwrapped
- 1 c spiced apple cider
- In a medium saucepan, bring apple cider to a boil. Add apples.
- Cook apples until fork tender, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow apples to come to room temperature.
- In a blender, blend the apple mix until a puree forms. Return to saucepan and add caramels.
- Cook apple puree over low heat 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally, until apple butter thickens to desired consistency.
- Remove from heat and cool.
- Store in the refrigerator.