Dips, Sauces and Spreads, Gluten-free, How To, Vegan, Vegetarian

Easy Cinnamon Apple Butter

Nicoletta November 9, 2017

Easy Cinnamon Apple Butter, a silky and luscious homemade apple jam, with just the slight hint of cinnamon, to spread on your morning toast, English muffin, or biscuit, that will help you start the day on a happy note.

Song of the day: Blue Skies, by Diana Krall.

Easy Cinnamon apple butter

One of the highlights of this past October was to join the other fellow Canadian bloggers on our first FBC Conference in Ottawa. We got to meet in person some of the bloggers with whom we developed a long distance friendship and to share with like-minded people our passion for food, and cooking. Plus, it enabled us to see an amazing, vibrant city, Ottawa, that was on our list and had never visited before.

 

 

Needless to say, the Conference exceeded our expectations and the love and connection we felt with many other kindred spirits were, at times, overwhelming. We felt invigorated, energized, inspired, ready to take on the world. The first night I was so pumped I could not fall asleep, my mind a whirlwind of thoughts, creative ideas, self-doubts, and public reassurances, all happening at once in a multilingual style. Our lovely blogger friend, Diane, at Kitchen Bliss, wrote a beautiful piece on the Conference and I strongly recommend you to read it, she is so good with words and many of her feelings reflect mine.

Anyway, the morning after, eyes red and burning for a night of tossing and turning (poor Loreto that was on my side), we approached the breakfast hall. There’s nothing that a good breakfast cannot do for me. In  specific, I was looking for coffee, yogurt, granola and fruit (a comforting presence at every hotel), and, of course, a baked sweet. The breakfast was kindly provided by Ontario Apple Growers, and it was exceptional. With coffee secured in a mug, a delicious bowl of yogurt, granola and sliced apples, and a muffin (plus addictive apple chips), I did not expect to have anything else. However, luck was on my side and I added a scrumptious apple french toast with a side and a top of apple butter.

easy cinnamon apple butter

The apple butter, forgive me, was new to me, and something I had never had before. Just remember, I am Italian born and bread, and in my few years in Canada, it just had never occurred to me to have it. It blew my mind, so silky, and luscious, and scrumptious, and, ….I just wanted to keep eating it by the spoonful. Here it is, in the picture down below, the delicious apple butter that had my wheels spinning from that first soonful, and then on.

Easy Cinnamon apple butter

That was a glorious morning. Besides an amazing breakfast, we were delighted by a terrific speech by none other than Elizabeth Baird!

easy cinnamon apple butter

And we had a “selfie” with Pailin Chongchitnant, Hot Thai Kitchen. We were big fans, we loved to watch her cooking show on Gusto TV “One World Kitchen”!

easy cinnamon apple butter

Back home, inspired by that apple butter that wouldn’t leave my mind, and reassured by the lovely ladies from Ontario Growers that I would find a recipe on their website, I set myself in motion.

The beautiful heirloom apples are Alberta-grown, though, and they come from the charming acreage that is Margaret and Raymond’s, Kitchen Frau. Apples that we had already used to make turnovers, pie, and chutney. The last of two different kinds of juicy, sweet and tart apples, organically grown and handpicked with love, were destined to become my first apple butter.

Easy Cinnamon apple butterEasy Cinnamon apple butter

The recipe is easy-peasy, and if you have an apple slicer, half of the pain of cutting apples has gone. Our apple slicer, the one you see in the picture, was part of the awesome surprises we found in the swag bag the formidable people at the FBC Conference had assembled for each for us, and it was kindly provided by Ontario Apple Growers.

It definitely made my life easier. After chopping the apples, they went into my trusted pan with a pinch of cinnamon, (but you can skip it to make it more traditional, that’s what Elizabeth Baird said), the apple cider vinegar, and some apple cider, that we happened to have because a couple of weeks prior we had helped our friends Margaret and Raymond to make it, on a chilly day with an incredible blue sky.

Easy Cinnamon apple butter

Stir and stir, soften and reduce, let cool, and your apple butter is almost ready. Last thing to do, blend it in a blender (or immersion blender). It cannot be easier than that. Store it in a jar, in the refrigerator, and make sure it’s gone in 2 weeks, but I am pretty sure you won’t have any problem with that.

Easy Cinnamon apple butter

We have enjoyed this apple butter immensely always finding its place on our breakfast table. Loreto even spread it on two slices of multigrain bread that were soon to be a part of a grilled cheddar cheese sandwich. I have to tell you, it was absolutely incredible, the sweetness melding with that gooey, stringy, sharp melted cheddar was out of this world good, and I pilleaged a half of his morning breakfast because I could not put it down from the first bite.

This apple butter is silky, buttery, and has such a beautifully balanced sweetness that is luxurious to your tongue. I am sure Loreto will have more inspirations as I know his mind is always creating. Excited to see what he has in mind next. As for me, I keep spreading it on my favorite breakfast of choice, that this morning happened to be a homemade pear and chocolate scone. Divine!

Easy Cinnamon apple butter

Enjoy!

Song of the day: Blue Skies, by Diana Krall.

Easy Cinnamon Apple Butter

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 1 medium jar

Recipe adapted from Ontario Apple Growers

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs (1 kg) apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) granulated sugar (I used 1/2 cup raw cane sugar)
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) apple cider
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I used 1/4 tsp)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and place over medium-low heat.
  2. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until apples are very tender and have darkened (1 hour).
  3. Let cool, then puree using a blender (or an immersion blender).
  4. Transfer to a clean jar and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Notes

The cinnamon apple butter keeps in the jar in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

Disclosure: All links in our post are NOT affiliate links. They are only about products or places we

normally purchase and like.

You Might Also Like

14 Comments

  • Reply maria November 9, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Just like you, I had no idea what apple butter was until I was a full grown adult. In fact, I have it on record that I had a preconceived idea that fruit butters actually had butter in them… lol. Flash forward to today where I now have a fruit butter obsession. Your apple butter looks amazing!
    I am also enjoying my apple slicer… it is a wonderful little gadget. Great post Nicoletta, thanks for sharing ♥

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 9, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      I thought the same, that fruit butters had actual butter in them 😉 . Thank you for your comment, Maria. I was so glad we met you, it was an amazing time!

  • Reply Milena | Craft Beering November 9, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    I can practically taste this apple butter, Nicoletta. So perfect for fall and I can think of all sorts of biscuits and breads I want to spread it on. Loved the story too – quite a bit of traveling for you lately:) I loved reading the Egypt/bread pudding post. Keep them coming!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 10, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Thank you so much, Milena! Travelling has always been part of my life, that’s why I ended up living on the other side of the world 😄. This apple butter is so easy to make and, like you said, so many ways to eat it!

  • Reply Dawn @ Girl Heart Food November 10, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Too bad I didn’t get to meet you guys at the conference! Hoping to go next year! Hubby and I were travelling to Montreal at the time for our anniversary 🙂 This apple butter looks and sounds amazing, Nicoletta! I wish I had a big smear of that this morning on my toast 😉 Happy weekend! XO

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 11, 2017 at 8:53 am

      We would have loved to meet you! But you had a great time with your husband in Montréal to celebrate your anniversary! This apple butter makes the mornings sweeter 😉 . Thank you for your comment!

  • Reply thewineloverskitchen November 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I actually live close to Wellesley but I never knew I could make my own Apple Butter! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 11, 2017 at 8:50 am

      Lucky you, that is a wonderful apple butter! Smoother than the one I made, but making your own is so rewarding! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • Reply Kaitie November 10, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    I absolutely love apple butter! It is a staple In Our home! Your recipe sounds deliciously enticing! What a great way to warm up on these cool mornings!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 11, 2017 at 8:49 am

      I knew I was missing something! Now it is a staple also in our house, especially because this recipe is so easy and fast to make. Thank you for your comment!

  • Reply kitchenfrau November 12, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Your apple butter looks wonderful, Nicoletta. Such simple ingredients to make such a rich and luscious spread! And a delicious reminder of such a wonderful weekend!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 12, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Thank you Margaret! It’s all gone and it was really good! And also easy to make. What a wonderful weekend we had in Ottawa at the Conference!

  • Reply karrie @ Tasty Ever After November 12, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Love that you two had such a wonderful time at the conference! I grew up with my Mom making apple butter every year. I’ve never made it myself but your recipe is inspiring me now to want to make it. Might have to do that tomorrow:)

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 15, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Thank you Karrie! We had such a great time, and learned so much! Lucky you, I had never had apple butter before! This is such an easy recipe, we’ve finished ours already 😉 .

    Leave a Reply