It may be winter, but the sweet taste of apples never goes out of season. Though we love everything apple, from cider to pies to dumplings, sometimes we want to spice things up a little. That’s why when we found this recipe for a bourbon apple butter, we had to share it.
What’s better than a spread that blends the sweet-tartness of apples, the warmth of cinnamon, molasses and all those other yummy, classic apple pie flavors with the wonderful kick of a little bourbon?
A splash of bourbon is a popular way to lend the spirit’s amazing aromas to all kinds of dishes, from sweet potatoes to chocolate truffles. But adding it to apple butter? This was a new one for us, and we’re definitely going to try it.
Jack and Martha Pesa from A Family Feast developed and shared their bourbon apple butter recipe as a way to use up the last of a massive autumn apple-picking haul. However, you can make this recipe any time of year with your favorite kind of apples — and your favorite bourbon!
Think of this bourbon apple butter as an amped-version of an apple pie that you’ll want to spoon on everything, from toast to sandwiches. The recipe starts out with the traditional apple pie ingredients, such as brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. The addition of quality bourbon and apple liquor is what kicks this recipe up to a new level.
We haven’t even mentioned the best part: This apple butter is prepared entirely on the stovetop in under an hour. The full recipe walks you through every step of the process, from chopping up the apples to the simmering them the cooktop to create the delicious apple butter.
One tool the Pesas recommend using to get the ideal spreadable, smooth texture is an immersion blender. This kitchen gadget makes quick work of chunky liquids and transforms them into the perfect mixture.
The recipe yields four cups of butter, which is plenty to keep a lot for yourself and still have some to preserve in cans and give away as gifts.