A gift of apples...

Mr digandweed arrived home the other evening with a big bagful of apples ; a gift from a colleague, from their garden.
 Beautiful, rosy cheeked cooking apples, just waiting to be turned into something delicious .

I immediately had in mind a recipe for a luscious cinnamon apple butter; a recipe that my sister made a couple of years ago, from a book called Perfect Preserves:Maggie Mayhew.
Apple butter is a thick spread made from cooked pureed apples, cider, cinnamon and sugar.

Apple and cinnamon are a match made in heaven and apple butter seems to encapsulate the essence of Autumn.
It is also relatively straightforward to make. There is no worry over whether it has reached setting point, since the pureed apple and sugar are simply bubbled away until a good spoonable consistency is reached.

Spread it thickly on hot buttered toast or scones and enjoy!

Today is the last day of October, the clocks have gone back and Bonfire night is looming.
How did all that happen?!
Hope you are enjoying these last autumn days.



  1. I have never tried apple butter but it looks delicious so I am going to add it to my list for next year. Your photos are a real joy.

    1. Yes do! It is really delicious. And thank you for your kind comment on my photos :)

  2. I tasted apple butter for the first time earlier this year and it was utterly delicious. Alas a basketful of apples is yet to come this way. Will have to buy some...

    1. Yes totally yummy - trying hard not to eat it by the spoonful!

  3. Apple butter is a new one on me. Looks delish, especially atop that scone.

    1. No actual butter involved (though quite a bit of sugar!) so probs okay for you? :)


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