Makes about 1 1/2 cups
-3 lbs. assorted apples, peeled, cored, and cut into quarters
-3 cups apple cider
-Juice of 1/2 lemon
-1 t. lemon zest
-1/2 t. ground cinnamon
Preheat oven to 250°. Mash softened apples with a potato masher. Remove from heat and add lemon juice, lemon zest, and cinnamon.
Using an immersion blender, puree mixture until smooth.
Pour apple mixture evenly into a baking dish. Transfer to oven and bake, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced, about 3-3 1/2 hours. Let cool before serving.
Apple butter may be kept, refrigerated in an airtight container, up to 5 days. Enjoy!
Adapted from The Martha Stewart Show, 9/07