Apple Butter

posted by Connie 08-25-98 10:25 AM

Apple Butter

12 medium apples -- unpeeled and cored
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger

Core apples, cut into eighths, and place in heavy saucepan. Barely cover with water (about a cup). Cook over medium heat until apples just soften, stirring often.

Cool slightly and force through food mill. Measure pulp and return to saucepan. Add 1/4 cup sugar for every cup of pulp. Bring to a rolling boil over moderate heat; add spices. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until temperature of apple mixture reaches 220 on a candy thermometer.

Ladle into sterile 1/2 pint jars, seal, and process according to jar manufacturer's instructions.

Makes about 6 pints.

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