Apple Butter

Homemade sweet apple butter

Great as a spread on toast, scones or biscuits. Or, put it on pancakes and waffles, anywhere you want a little sweet spice!

When you buy apples at The Patch, we give 10 cents for every pound purchased to help local schools’ garden programs. grow!


  • 4 lbs apples, peeled, cored and sliced (about 9 medium-sized apples)
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • Juice of ½ lemon (about 1 Tbsp)


In large pot, cook apples, apple cider, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cloves and salt over medium heat until apples are very soft – about 1 hour.

Blend the mixture until smooth using a hand blender or by adding it in batches to regular blender.

Put puree back into pot and cook, uncovered, until thick and smooth and creamy – about an hour. Stir occasionally. It’ll also be a deep mahogany brown color.

Stir in lemon juice, transfer mixture to jars, and refrigerate.