With just a few simple steps, 5 ingredients, and less than 30 minutes, you can make a lightly sweetened, perfectly spiced Instant Pot Apple Butter. Best of all, you don't even need to peel the apples. Homemade apple butter makes the perfect gift for the holidays.
Ingredients in Instant Pot Apple Butter
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
How to make The Best Apple Butter
How to Make Instant Pot Apple Butter
Core and slice the apples. Add the apples, water, orange juice, molasses, sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon to the Instant Pot.
Close the lid and secure into the locked position. Set it to manual and cook for 20 minutes on high pressure.
Carefully push open the quick release valve on top to release the steam, then remove the lid and set aside.
Transferring the Cooked Apples to a Blender
Transfer the mixture to the blender (discarding the cinnamon stick). Blend until smooth and then transfer back to the Instant Pot. You can also use an immersion blender and puree it right in the Instant Pot.
Using the sauté function on low, sauté the apple butter, stirring occasionally to let it thicken, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature and store in the refrigerator.
The Best Apples for Making Apple Butter
The best apples for making apple butter and baked apples are typically those that are sweet, tart, and firm. Some popular apple varieties for apple butter include:
Ultimately, the best apples for apple butter can vary depending on your personal preference for sweetness and tartness. You can also experiment by using a mix of different apple varieties to achieve your desired flavor profile.
The Best Sweeteners for Homemade Apple Butter
You can experiment with various types of sugar and sweetener to add different flavors and textures to your Instant Pot Apple Butter recipe. Here are some alternatives to granulated sugar you can consider:
When substituting sugars, keep in mind that the flavor and sweetness levels may vary, so you may need to adjust the quantity to achieve your desired taste. Start with a similar measurement as the granulated sugar in the recipe and add more if needed. Additionally, some sugar alternatives may affect the texture or color of your apple butter, so be prepared for slight variations in the final product.
Recipe Tips and Variations
Frequently Asked Questions
To make apple butter in a slow cooker, combine sliced apples, water, orange juice, sugar, molasses, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Slow cook on low for 6 to 8 hours until the apples are soft. Remove the cinnamon stick, blend the mixture, then return to the slow cooker and cook on low for an additional 1 to 2 hours until it thickens. Adjust sweetness and spice, cool, and store.
To make apple butter on the stovetop, simmer sliced apples with water, orange juice, sugar, molasses, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until they break down and thicken (about 1.5 hours). Blend the mixture, return it to the pot, and sauté until it reaches your desired consistency. Adjust sweetness and spice, cool, and store.
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