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Cranberry Apple Butter

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Making apple butter every year has become more than a hobby for me–it’s like a compulsion! I simply don’t feel right if no apple butter is made.

20130702-DSC_0259Every fall I preserve several jars of butter, giving some away as gifts and keeping some to eat throughout the year. Since I actually still have a jar of last year’s apple butter in my fridge (I opened it a couple weeks ago), I thought it would be more fun to do a variation on my typical recipe. For a second I thought about pumpkin apple butter, but I didn’t think that would give much contrasting flavor or texture. I wanted something to balance out the sweetness of the apples and warmth of the spices. Then I remembered how much I love the cranberry apple butter that the famous Flying Biscuit Café serves, and I knew I was onto something good!

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I absolutely adore cranberries. Between the beautiful color and tangy bite, there are few things in this world that I wouldn’t add cranberry to.

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As much as I thought I loved apple butter, when cooked with cranberries it is EVEN BETTER. It was meant to be.

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Cranberry Apple Butter
 
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Serves: 12 4 oz. jars
Ingredients
  • 14 c. peeled,diced apples
  • 1 12 oz. bag fresh cranberries
  • ½ c. apple cider
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • ¾ c. raw sugar
  • ⅓ c. maple syrup
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 2 t. ginger
  • 1 t. allspice
  • 1 t. cardamom
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl to coat the apples and cranberries.
  2. Place the mixture into a crockpot and cook on high for 3 hours, stirring once an hour.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and cook for an additional 7-8 hours, stirring occasionally along the way. After the first couple hours, you can use a potato masher to start breaking up the apples. After about 4 hours, you can use a whisk to start to smooth the apples out.
  4. After about 8 total hours of cooking, remove the top and let the butter cook uncovered so that any liquid will evaporate. When the butter is smooth, thick, and dark in color with no extra liquid sitting on top, it’s done cooking.
  5. Remove the butter to clean jars and allow to cool. You can freeze or can the butter, or just refrigerate it once its cooled. Makes about 12 4 oz. jars.

Since yesterday was National Oatmeal Day, I figured it was appropriate to show you my favorite way to eat apple butter!

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I love to put a HUGE spoonful on top of old fashioned oats and then top it with a tiny drizzle of real maple syrup. Nuts are a bonus.

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My jars are all sealed and ready to be enjoyed all year long! I already can’t wait to do this all again next year!

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-Lauren

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  • Lauren October 30, 2013, 12:23 pm

    I love this time of year when a bunch of cranberry recipes pop up. I’ve ben dreaming of eating some oatmeal with cranberry sauce on top, but this sounds even better!
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  • Alyssa B November 3, 2013, 2:27 pm

    I bought a couple bags of fresh cranberries last year because I got them super cheap. They have literally sat in the freezer for an entire year because I haven’t figured out what to do with them. I did’t realize they were so sour and I don’t want to add tons of sugar to them.
    This recipe sounds like a great way to add some natural sweetness to them. I can’t wait to try it!

  • Joni December 5, 2013, 12:52 pm

    Making this today. Can’t wait!

    • Lauren @ Dash of Soul December 5, 2013, 1:48 pm

      Awesome! Let me know how you like it! It’s still my favorite fruit butter recipe, I just opened a jar yesterday.

  • Sheila May 10, 2014, 12:31 am

    Visiting Atlanta, we ate at the Flying Biscuit and my son loved the apple-cranberry butter. I found your recipe on the web and we love it. It is a regular on the kitchen table – biscuits, oatmeal, pancakes, cream of wheat. I even tried it on chicken. It is delicious. Love your website. Thanks!

    • Lauren @ Dash of Soul May 10, 2014, 1:13 am

      This is SO great to hear, thank you for the wonderful comment Sheila! I still have some jars preserved from the fall and this reminds me to open a new one! :)

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