One of my favorite sweet and natural things to add to my breakfast is apple butter. It has an amazing taste that compliments pancakes so well. I turned to it instead of apple sauce because it is just so much better!
Apple butter is a very concentrated form of apple sauce. By simmering it down with cider or water you get a thicker texture. It is a deep brown color because the heat makes the sugars, the fructose in the apples caramelize.
CHOOSE THE BEST APPLESWithout measuring so much, just grab however many apples you have, from the variety that you prefer.ADD SOME SUGARThen, grab some sugar. We prefer brown sugar for this as it compliments the flavors of the season.ADD SOME FLAVORWe add some vanilla extract. It adds an amazing taste, though, so it is totally worth it!
We love to use it in any baked good to add some sweet tangy caramel apple flavor. It is a spreadable fall essence!
Some examples are cinnamon rolls, strudel, pie, cupcakes, spice cake. We also love spreading it on toast, pancakes, and waffles!
Canning or placing it in vacuum-sealed jars are a great option. Like that, you can leave it in the pantry for a very long time without fear of it going bad.
If not, you could also put it in freezer-safe containers and freeze it. It is also very practical.
A commercially bottled or canned apple butter can be stored safely in the pantry for up to 2 years. Afterward, it will not go bad but it will be past its prime and its color, taste, and texture may change.