Special to Niagara Now/The Lake Report
Apples are one fruit that certainly meets the demands of festive food lovers. During the holidays, it’s easy to pair with cinnamon, chocolate, nutmeg and the spices that bring out that “Christmas flavour.”
Try something new this year by making some apple butter with this recipe. It is great on toast, an accoutrement for cheese and sweet additions to soups and sauces. Keep some on hand for use anytime.
10 lb local apples (or Granny Smith)
2 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
2 pinches of salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
3 pinches ground cloves
1/2 cup apple cider
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Place all the ingredients into a thick-bottomed pot and place on stove on low heat, covered. Cook and stir until apples are soft, about an hour or so.
Place into a food processor and blitz or keep in pot and blitz with an immersion blender.
Continue to cook on medium-low heat, stirring often until dark, creamy and thick (2 to 3 hours).
Pass through a fine strainer.
Place into jar, allow to cool, cover and refrigerate. Or jar shelf ready.