This recipe contains no added sugar. The sweetness is brought out through the caramelization process in the oven.
8 medium apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
2 cups unsweetened apple juice
(Variations: If you would like a sweeter apple butter, you can add a little maple syrup to the puree. To add some spice, lay a couple of cinnamon sticks over the apples when you place them in the roasting pan.
Instructions: Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Place apples in a large roasting pan. Pour juice over the apples. Bake until the apples are tender and lightly browned, approximately 30 minutes. Use a fork or a potato masher to mash up the apples right in the roasting pan. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F. and bake this puree for an additional 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours until it has thickened (it should be quite thick!) and a deep brown. Remove the puree from the pan and place in a bowl to cool. (Taste the puree. If you would like it a little spicier, add some ground cinnamon, cloves, and/or allspice to taste.) This apple butter can be just kept in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or you can put in the freezer for even more long-term storage. You can also can in jars by preparing the jars and process ing as usual using the boiling water canning process.