Apple Butter Bread

1 loaf

• 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used half whole wheat flour)
• 1 cup brown sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 cups apple butter (divided)
• 1/2 cup apple juice
• 1/4 cup butter, melted
• 1 egg, beaten
• 1 cup raisins (optional)
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
2. In a small bowl mix 3/4 cup apple butter, apple juice, butter and egg together. Fold in the raisins and chopped nuts. Add the apple butter mixture to the dry ingredients and blend together. Pour half the mixture in a loaf pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Gently spread the reserved 3/4 cup apple butter over the batter. Pour the rest of the batter over the apple butter mixture and spread evenly over the top to cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 65 minutes or until done

Apple Butter Makes 7 cups


2 pounds
McIntosh apples, peeled and cored (6 large apples)

2 pounds
Granny Smith apples, peeled and cored (4 large apples)

1 cup apple cider

2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Cut McIntosh apples into 1-inch pieces. Cut Granny Smith apples into smaller dice.
2. Combine apples and cider in a very large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and boil gently for 20 minutes or until mixture is reduced by half.
3. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Return to a boil, reduce heat, and boil gently for about 25 minutes or until mixture is very thick. There should still be some tender apple chunks remaining. Remove from heat.
4. Ladle into sterilized jars
Variation: Spiced Apple Butter
Add 2 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp each ground cloves and allspice with the sugar