Ward House

Apple Recipes

As requested, my two very simple (except for the peeling) recipes.  =)  Applesauce came from ehow.com and the applebutter from about.com.  Both recipes can be labor intesive – do alot of work up front by peeling and coring; however, I think the results are worth the extra effort.  It is a great opportunity for my family to work gether. 


  • 5 apples
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 c apple cider or water

Peel & seed apples; chop into quarters or eights (the smaller the peices, the easier the cooking).  Place apples and cider or water into a saucepan and set on low to medium-low heat.  Cover.  After 20 minutes, remove the cover and mash the apples.  They should practically disintegrate into sauce with maybe a few lumps for texture.  Add the sugar and cinnamon.

I used water instead of apple cider and did not add sugar or cinnamon and the sauce turned out wonderfully!  The food mill version says to cut the apples and put the whole she-bang into the pan with an inch of water and cook til soft.  Then scoop contents, a little at a time, into the food mill and ‘mill’ into bowl.  Keep finished sauce warm and then can wih a water bath for 10 min.  I was not as pleased with these results. 

Apple Butter

  • Apples peeled, cored, and quartered to fill a 4-qt crockpot up to 1½ to 2″ from the top
  • 4 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 C sugar
  • 4 tbsp water

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high until hot, then turn on LOW and cook all day (7-10 hours).  When it is done and apples are fully cooked down , put small amounts into food processor and pulse until smooth.  NOTE:  If you are canning this, put into clean sterilized jars and seal while hot, then process half pints or pints 5 minutes in boilding water canner.

I’ve cooked it all nite and then the next day while at work, took it out and put it into the fridge until the next day when I could can it.  Heated the mixture up and canned away.

Good luck with these two and let me know how yours turn out or if you have a time saver!


October 21, 2008 - Posted by | Cooking | , ,

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