Since I posted this apple butter recipe I’ve used the last couple years, I’ve had several friends ask: “The apple butter sounds great… but what can I do with it?”
I’m the type of person that’s happy to to eat apple butter straight out of the jar with a spoon or spread it on a piece of toast as a quick snack, though I have found several other awesome ways to use it in the last few years!
- Apple Butter Pancakes. You can add apple butter into your pancake batter OR you can put the apple butter on top of your pancakes in place of (or in addition to!) syrup. I’ve tried it both ways and they both rock.
- Apple Butter Pork Chops. Sounds crazy, right? I beg to differ! Follow that link to see what I did. (Shocker: My hubby actually ate it and liked it!)
- Apple Butter Snickerdoodles! You can add about 1/2 cup of apple butter to any snicker doodle recipe to give it some extra “umph”. You know what I’m talking about! …Right?
- Apple Butter BBQ Meatballs or Ribs. Sounds crazy just like the pork chops. Honestly though, apple butter is excellent mixed with your favorite BBQ sauces. It adds a subtle additional flavor to mix things up a bit.
- Apple Butter Spice Cake/Bread. I found a recipe last year for a spice cake that included apple butter and made a mental note to try to create a new recipe using my mini loaf pan.
Apple Butter Spice Loaves
(makes 8 mini loaves or 1- 9×5 loaf)
- 1/2 cup (or 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup buttermilk (*see my note below if you don’t have buttermilk)
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1.5 cups apple butter
*Note: If you don’t have buttermilk, add 1 tsp white vinegar to 1/2 cup of whole milk and let it set for 5 minutes. Works like a charm!
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray your mini loaf or 9×5 loaf pan with cooking spray.
- In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
- Add eggs and buttermilk and stir until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt and all the spices.
- Add half the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until it begins to come together. Add the rest of the flour mixture and the apple butter, mixing until combined.
- Pour batter into your loaf pan. (If using mini loaf pan, fill each about half to 3/4 full.)
- Bake 40 minutes if using a mini loaf pan. Bake 60 minutes if using a 9×5 loaf pan.
A friend told me she plans to can apple butter and give out jars as part of Christmas gifts this year and I love the idea! I think these mini loaves would also be a wonderful gift idea; you can package them in a variety of ways and include a jar of apple butter to smother on top!