So your friends say they don't like fruit cake. Fine. Bet they'll like this homemade gift, though: Creamy, cinnamon-spiked apple butter.
What You Need
Original recipe yields 128 servings
5 cups prepared fruit (buy about 4-1/4 lb. tart apples)
1-1/2 cups water
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
7 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
1/2 tsp. butter or margarine
1 pouch CERTO Fruit Pectin
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Let's Make It
Bring boiling-water canner, half full with water, to simmer. Wash jars and screw bands in hot soapy water; rinse with warm water. Pour boiling water over flat lids in saucepan off the heat. Let stand in hot water until ready to use. Drain well before filling.
Remove blossom and stem ends from unpeeled apples. Core apples; cut into quarters. Place in 4-qt. saucepan. Add water and lemon juice; stir. Bring to boil; cover. Simmer on medium heat 20 min. or until apples are tender, stirring occasionally. Press mixture through food mill or strain through coarse sieve, using wooden spoon to force apples through mill; discard peels. Measure exactly 5 cups of the prepared fruit into 6- or 8-qt. stockpot. Stir in cinnamon.
Stir sugar into prepared fruit in stockpot. Add butter to reducing foaming. Bring to full rolling boil (a boil that doesn't stop bubbling when stirred) on high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in pectin. Return to full rolling boil; cook exactly 1 min., stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off any foam with metal spoon.
Ladle immediately into prepared jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of tops. Wipe jar rims and threads. Cover with two-piece lids. Screw bands tightly. Place jars on elevated rack in canner. Lower rack into canner. (Water must cover jars by 1 to 2 inches. Add boiling water, if necessary.) Cover; bring water to gentle boil. Process 10 min. Remove jars and place upright on towel to cool completely. After jars cool, check seals by pressing centers of lids with finger. (If lids spring back, lids are not sealed and refrigeration is necessary.)
Use McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Beacon or Granny Smith apples for best results.
Altitude Chart for Cooked Jams and Jellies
At altitudes above 1,000 feet, increase processing time as indicated: 1,001 to 3,000 feet - increase processing time by 5 min.; 3,001 to 6,000 feet - increase processing time by 10 min.; 6,001 to 8,000 feet - increase processing time by 15 min.; 8,001 to 10,000 feet - increase processing time by 20 min.
Jam or Jelly Didn't Set?
Every once in a while, you may find that your jam does not set the way you expected. If your efforts resulted in a runny batch, try our Remake Directions to improve your finished jam. If your jam still doesn't set, you can always use it as a glaze or syrup.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 12g
Dietary Fibers 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes about 8 (1-cup) jars or 128 servings, 1 Tbsp. each.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.