Homemade Apple Butter is a simple recipe that you can make in a slow cooker, over the stove, or my favorite, the Instant Pot! Use as a spread, syrup, or in any of your fall baking recipes! This is one of the best ways to use up those apples during the fall!
When I think of fall flavors, I think about the rich cinnamon flavors, pumpkin spice, and apple butter! It's the perfect thing to make if you went apple picking and have no where to put the apples! Quite frankly, I never even thought that apple butter was a thing. The first thing I thought of was literally BUTTER. But oh my goodness!! This stuff is the best thing you'll make this fall!
Apple Butter doesn't contain any actual butter, so it's naturally Vegan and Gluten Free. It's really just spiced applesauce, if you want me to be completely honest. It's cooked down to the point that all the flavors basically caramelize into a perfectly sweet, and flavorful spread.
The whole process of making Apple Butter is usually very time consuming if you make it on the stove or in your slow cooker. But whoever invented the Instant Pot is a genius. Literally cuts down the total time to just 35 minutes in the Instant Pot.
Wouldn't we all like to know? Both the apple butter and apple sauce are practically cooked the same way. But Apple Butter is cooked longer, which creates a thick, smooth, intense apple flavored spread, and has additional spices. While applesauce is cooked for a fraction of the time. But let me tell you, it's worth the wait.
Personally, I wouldn't buy store bought apple butter, because of all the preservatives and extra added things that aren't good for. With homemade apple butter, you get to control how much sweetness you want and you know exactly what's in it.
I also love just how many uses this apple butter has! With my first bite, it reminded me of a spiced applesauce. But as soon as you add it to a bowl of ice cream or a piece of bread, it completely changes the flavor! Instantly, everything is fall flavored. You can also put it into muffins, cookies, or biscuits.
Serve it with pancakes or even in cinnamon rolls! Serviously....it goes well with just about anything. Or just eat it by the spoonful, I mean, why not?
I've never canned apple butter before, but it's totally doable if you're that kind of person. You can freeze them for up to a year, just spoon it into small, freezer safe, containers, and pull them out as you need them. Or store them in the fridge for about a week or two.
Core and slice your apples into medium to large chunks. You can peel if desired, but not necessary. Add apples and remaining ingredients to your instant pot.
Put the lid on, close vent, and set on High Pressure for 15 minutes. Once timer goes off, let the pressure naturally release for 15-20 minutes.
Blend the apples with an immersion (stick) blender until smooth. Set the instant pot to sauté, press the minus (-) button to adjust the setting to "Less" Sauté. Stirring regularly, until desired consistency is reached. About 3-10 minutes.
Once it's done, turn off heat, let it cool down, and enjoy!