French-Style Apple Butter
In the United States, apple butter is usually seasoned with a lot of cinnamon and spices, but in France, the spread is made by slow-cooking apples by themselves or with a little butter and sugar until you have a smooth, rich spread. Use a mix of tart apple varieties for the best flavor. Serve with toast, pancakes, or waffles. Or warm up apple butter, and spoon over ice cream.
1. Heat butter in Dutch oven or saucepan with tight-fitting lid over medium heat. Add apple quarters, and cook 10 minutes, or until apples begin to brown, stirring occasionally.
2. Add sugar, salt, and 11/2 cups water. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally (more often toward the end) and breaking up apple pieces as they soften. Cool.