Homemade Apple Butter
6 medium-large apples (4 Honeycrisp & 2 Granny Smith), cored, seeded and roughly chopped
2/3 cup water
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup regular sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch ground cloves
pinch sea salt
In a large saucepan add the apples, water, brown sugar, regular sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cloves and salt and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and cook apples for about 20-25 minutes or until apples begin to soften and fall apart.
Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, place the apple mixture into a food processor with a blade attachment and pulse on/off till smooth.
Return the puree to the saucepan and set over medium-low heat. Gently simmer, stirring regularly to avoid burning, until the apple butter is nice caramel color and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 1 hour.
Transfer to a glass jar or airtight container and keep refrigerated.