French-Style Apple Butter

French-Style Apple Butter

In France, apple butter 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.

  • 3Servings


  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 lb. tart apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt


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.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 18
  • Carbohydrate Content: 4 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 1 mg
  • Fat Content: 0.5 g
  • Fiber Content: 0.5 g
  • Protein Content: 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 0.5 g
  • Sodium Content: 3 mg
  • Sugar Content: 3 g