Apple butter

No, it’s not really butter. It’s a cross between compote and a jam.

It doesn’t really need a recipe and it takes about 5 minutes to throw together and another 10 minutes to cook. So if you like apples, there’s really no reason to shy away from it. The bonus for me is that the whole house smells like apple pie!!

Apple butter with a generous pinch of mixed spice

Apple butter with a generous pinch of mixed spice


1 large cooking apple

2-3 sweet apples (medium sized ones)

1 heaped tablespoon caster sugar

2 tablespoons salted butter

1/2-3/4 teaspoon mixed spice


1. Core, peel and dice the apples. Retain some of the peels.

2. In a pan, melt the butter and add the sugar. Swirl it together. Then throw in the apple chunks along with 2-3 pieces of the peel.

3. Cover and cook till soft on medium heat. Add the mixed spice and stir well. When the apples are cooked, lower the heat and leave on the hob for about 2-3 minutes till the bottom is slightly caramelised.

4. Take off the heat and cool.

You can enjoy this in a number of ways – spread on a hot piece of toast or muffin, smother your pancakes with it, or top your morning bowl of oatmeal.

Millet porridge with Apple butter

Millet porridge with Apple butter

The best way, of course, is to enjoy it with a spoon, slowly, savouring every tiny bit of it.



1. The apple peels add a bit of warm, autumnal colour to the apple butter. You could omit them if you want a lighter, golden apple butter.

2. I used a combination of cooking apples and eating apples to balance the tartness and to reduce the sugar I needed to use.


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22 Responses to Apple butter

  1. Laurel Regan says:

    I love apple butter, but have never tried to make it myself. I might just have to give it a shot now! Thanks for sharing the recipe and instructions. 🙂

    • You’re very welcome, Laurel. It doesn’t really need a recipe. Very often I add in things like raisins or honey /maple syrup instead of the sugar. I like this version the best, though.

  2. Vidya Sury says:

    Sounds yummy, Monica! I have a couple of very large apples…and might just try this.

  3. Seems like a tasty recipe. And easy too.. Going to try it soon.

  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    this sounds like expert level cooking …and so delicious too.
    My humble cooking exp would totally ruin it.

  5. Yum….wow. Monica, it’s all I can say!

  6. nabanita21 says:

    Yum yum yumm is all my hear says 🙂

  7. Shilpa Garg says:

    Sounds and looks good! These can be made with regular red apples? I checked with Google the God about cooking and sweet apples and couldnt make much of it 😛

  8. jannatwrites says:

    I love apple butter- the kind I can buy at local farms, not the stuff at the grocery store that’s too dark to be natural! This looks easy enough, I almost think I might be able to pull it off 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

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  10. Charlotte says:

    This sounds delicious, especially spread all over your yummy baguette. It’s bramley apple week in February so this would be perfect for then too!

    Thanks for joining #FoodYearLinkup

    • Thanks, Charlotte. It’s my latest addiction. 🙂 I can’t get enough of the butter and it goes into /onto eveything – cereals, porridge, toast….

      Thanks for having me on the #FoodYearLinkup

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