APPLE BUTTER // the local food report

Remember that cookbook I mentioned the other day? The Coastal Table? I wanted to stop in and offer another recipe from Karen today. 

It's a quick apple butter. It's inspired by traditional apple butter—same flavors, same spices—but instead of a thick applesauce stewed for hours, it's a compound butter. This means you use a single apple, a stick of butter, and a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and sugar. That's it! It's great on toast, and even better on grilled cheese. 

Karen's doing a bunch of book events in the next few months—there's one October 19th in Dartmouth, another at the Mattapoisett Library November 13th, and others in the Boston area and Rhode Island in the surrounding weeks. All the recipes in the book are inspired by local ingredients, so it's well worth checking out! Happy cooking.


From The Coastal Table, by Karen Covey

Karen likes to serve this butter with pancakes or on the cheddar biscuits you see up there. I put mine in a grilled cheese, which was delicious. For the apple, she likes to use a McIntosh, though she says other varieties will work, so long as they soften up. The butter lasts for at least a week in the fridge.

1 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided, at room temperature
1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons water, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
a pinch of ground cloves
a pinch of salt

In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add apples, brown sugar, and 1 tablespoon water and cook until softened, about 12 minutes. Stir apples every so often to make sure they don't stick to the pan. You should be able to easily pierce apples with a fork when they're done. If you cannot, cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt and toss together with apples, coating completely. Add remaining 1 tablespoon water, stir to incorporate, and cook for another 30 seconds. Remove from heat and allow to cool, at least 1 hour.

Transfer apple mixture to a food processor along with remaining 1 stick softened butter and process until almost smooth (it should be a little chunky). Transfer butter to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate, at least 1 hour. Bring to room temperature before serving.


Karney Furth said...

My favorite fruit is apple. It is sweet and tasty. It is very health-giving. It is the best disease-fighter. Public say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. That means eating of an apple daily ensures a healthy life, a life free from problems and sick. Thank you so much for the great post. You’re sharing the best recipe of apple butter. Very neatly describe the way of food. Keep share such an amazing recipe. Now an apple is capable of being eaten and chewed. Its fruit juice can be extracted. A tooth bite of it is exciting. It is the best exercise for the gums and the teeth. It provides good mastication chewing. It assists remove lots of ills of the mouth and the stomach. The health experts direct its taking in any form. Its jam is no less delicious. Apple jams and jellies are simply obtainable in the market. Even at home, you can get ready a good amount of apple jam. Children relate it to their bread and chew it tastefully. Eating of an apple at breakfast table when you are bare stomach is the best. Its food worth is simply wonderful. It has an abundance of iron and calcium in it. As soon as you slash it and leave it for a while, you will find the inner layers getting 'brown' which is a sure shot sign of its having iron. Unlike other lots of fruits, it is full as a whole. Nothing of it goes waste. You can or you may not peel it. It is your liking. A mango, no doubt is sweet and juicy but it has a lot of fiber. Its upper layer and the big inside part are not eaten. They are fearful away. However, this is not the case with an apple. It makes use of is more. Its price is less. It is my choicest one. I like to eat it.

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