Tridoshic Cider Apple Butter
Now that you've made your Tridoshic cider, and you've got all that apple and pear stuff left over, you can move right into making this excellent apple butter! It's perfect for spreading on toast, you can add a spoonful to oatmeal or other hot breakfast cereals, eat it atop pancakes...you can tell I'm a fan of breakfast foods. It's also a beautiful sweet compliment to savory recipes. This recipe contains honey, but it's easy to make it vegan by just replacing the honey with an extra tablespoon of maple syrup. If you didn't make the cider, you might as well so you can get two treats from the process :)
Apple mush from cider
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Preheat oven to 250° F
1. Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, and honey to apple mush.
2. Use an immersion blender, or pour into a regular blender, to blend apple mixture to a nice apple saucey consistency, or until completely smooth.
3. Pour into an oven-safe pan, and bake uncovered for 2-3 hours, stirring every 30 mins or so. You can keep an eye on it, have a taste when you stir, and pull it out when it's to your liking.
4. Take your beautiful brown apple butter out of the oven and let it cool before you transfer it to a glass or ceramic vessel ( jars are great ) and store it in the fridge!
The longer it's in the oven, the sweeter and denser it gets. There will come a point when it starts to taste burnt though, so don't let it get too far. The color in the photo is the color I usually aim for- it's sweet and rich but not so much so that it overpowers everything you put it on. You can also take some out about a half hour in, to have applesauce on hand too :D
Try to enjoy it all within a week if you can. If there's just too much for you to handle alone, share the wealth with friends or family- little jars o' apple butter make great gifts!