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1 Hour No Sugar Apple Butter ~ this healthy fruit butter has the flavor of fresh apples with just a hint of spice, and best of all, it's ready in an hour!


makes about a pint

Total time

0 minutes


  • 4 lbs apples (about 8 large) peeled, cored, and chopped
  • ½ cup cider
  • juice of lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 10 allspice berries


  1. Put the apples and cider in a large heavy bottomed pot.
  2. Tie the whole spices up in a cheesecloth bundle and add them to the pot. Bring to a boil, then cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the spice sack, and puree the apples in a high speed blender or food processor. Work in batches, if necessary.
  4. Return the puree to the rinsed out pot, and continue to cook for 10 to 15 more minutes, stirring often, until thick. I add the spice sack back in at this stage. Note: the butter will sputter quite a bit, so covering the pot with a splatter screen helps. The butter is done when you can drag your spoon across the bottom of the pan and leave a trail without any liquid filling it in.
  5. Remove the spice sack, and fill a jar or jars. Let cool before capping and refrigerating. Plan to consume within 2 weeks, or freeze for longer storage.

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