There are multiple ways to cut fat in your baked goods without compromising a lot on the taste of course. While I don't believe in enjoying a healthy food that TASTES healthy (read as : Bland, Earthy and a Blech!), I scout for recipes which are nutritious without making the consumer feel like a nobody. I am more of instead of 10 tbsp of butter cut 5 tbsp from it by substituting something healthy and low fat instead. There's so much in the markets nowadays to make such healthy substitutes but I find that one is sometimes better of not using them cos the ingredients list to make this healthy doesn't look such so ideal themselves. Preservatives, sugars etc make it worse.
So when I found this recipe for Apple Butter which I could whip up right at home in about 15-20 minutes I was ecstatic. Apple Butter, homemade tastes much better than the store bought ones. There are many recipes and variations for making apple butter with most of them relying on store bought apple sauce. This recipe uses fresh apples and also uses a natural sweetener (if using) - Maple Syrup. Mildly spiced, these are a dream to have in your fridge. This recipes gives you a spiced and sweetened version of Apple Butter which you can skip so that you can use it in all your baked goods without the butter overpowering the taste.
I also use it few other ways which I have elaborated below the post. I use this to mostly cut back on butter in my baked goods where a slight hint of apples wont hurt. I was using apple sauce but I find apple butter a better consistency closer to that of butter :) And somehow the word "Butter" in Apple butter helps my psychology a bit ;) (Dont mind my ridiculous mindsets...)
recipe courtesy the essential vegetarian
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 30 min
Yield: About 2 cups
- 4 pounds of Granny Smith apples peeled, seeded and sliced (or any other sweet tart variety)
- 1/3 cup fresh pressed apple juice (not from concentrate)
- 2/3 cup maple syrup (or use dark brown sugar)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and/or cloves to taste
To make Unsweetened Version
for baked Goods simply omit the maple syrup/sugar and spices. I eyeballed my spices hence don't have measurements.
You can use Pressure cooker, Stove top or microwave to make this. I don't normally use M/W for cooking and would have used pressure cooker. But to show you how it is made at every stage, I have used Stove top for today's post. But I would recommend pressure cooking since it traps flavors better than stove top and is more aromatic.
Place all the ingredients in a large stock pot
and bring it to a boil over medium high heat.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the apples are soft enough to mash with the back of a wooden spoon - this takes approx 15-25 minutes, depending on the size and type of apples.
Remove the apple mixture from the heat and puree with an immersion blender.
You can of course use a food processor but make sure to do it in v short spurts until smooth. Otherwise the result might get watery. You want a thick and smooth consistency
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