Apple Peach Butter
I thought I’d made just about every kind of butter, the fruit kind, until I came across a peach butter on Susan’s blog, called The View from Great Island. I was utterly stupefied! Why had I never thought to make peach butter? I can only think that once it’s fall, I begin using apples, pears, and pumpkins in butters, and different combinations of them all, because fall is my favorite food season. But why not a peach butter in the summer months when peaches are perfectly ripe and delicious? So thank you, Susan! .
You’ve all read about my apple tree and how I have to fight the raccoons to get some apples. But this year I started early. I picked a large bag full, and I won’t stop making things with apples until they’re all gone! Or, until the raccoons get them all.
So, inspired by the peach butter, but also with an overabundance of green apples, I decided to combine the two. I was pretty sure the butter would be more on the peachy side, because these apples don’t have much flavor.
To enhance flavors, I used two unique ingredients to butter making. One was peach liqueur, made by Stirrings. (Fabulous stuff, by the way.) And the other was some sparkling apple juice that was given to me years ago in a gift basket. The reason I’ve had it so long? It’s non-alcoholic. Nuff said.
To make a fruit butter, no recipe is needed. Just start with a lot of fruit of your choice, in this case, apples and peaches, coarsely chopped, and place in a stock pot. Make sure this pot has a well-fitting lid.
I added about half of the 750 ml bottle of apple juice to the fruits.
And then I added about 1/4 cup of the peach liqueur. To add a little brightness to the flavors, I squeezed a small lemon into the fruit mixture.
Give things a stir, and turn on the heat under the pot to medium. You don’t want everything to boil over.
Also add some brown sugar. I don’t like my butters to be as sweet as jam, but this is completely your choice. I like using brown sugar over liquid sugars, like maple syrup, to minimize the liquid.
You could also add a cinnamon stick or a little cinnamon at this point, but I wanted to taste the final product first and decide what to add, if anything, at that point.
Begin by bringing the liquid in the pot to a soft boil, then cover the pot with the lid, and turn down the heat to its lowest setting. This step is to cook the fruit completely.
After about 45 minutes, the fruit should be cooked.
There will probably be a lot of liquid in the pot remaining, so leaving the lid off of the pot, begin reducing the liquid until little remains. Then let the fruit mixture cool completely.
Place a food mill over another pot large enough to hold the apple peach butter.
Pour the fruit and all of the liquid into the food mill.
After you’re done, you’ll have something that looks like the first picture. Go ahead and stir the butter and the juices together.
Evaluate if you need to reduce the mixture. Mine was more like apple sauce, so I spent about 2 hours reducing the mixture over very low heat, stirring occasionally.
When it was the consistency of a butter, which is more like a spread, I let the mixture cool.
Have clean jars available. I used about 5 pounds of fruit, and ended up with exactly 32 ounces of apple peach butter.
The way I love to eat a fruit butter is on hot toast, with butter, of course, melting away. Or sometimes paired with peanut or almond butter. I enjoy the fruit flavors, and the minimal sugar. It’s also good in yogurt!
verdict: Love it! I think the butter would not have had such good flavor if it weren’t for the good peaches, the peach liqueur, and the apple juice. Fortunately the peaches that I used were perfectly ripe. The color isn’t as pretty as it could be, probably because the green and orange didn’t mix really well. But it’s still good!
Amazing! Never heard of fruit butters, normally we’d put butter on the toast and THEN the fruit jam. What a great idea, thanks for sharing.
I’ve never made a fruit butter but this sounds so delicious I should give it a try! What a lovely way to ‘preserve’ summer.
Pumpkin and pear butters are especially good, to me.
This looks so delicious. Well done!
Oh wow! I just love apple butter, but now I must try your new combination! This sounds just heavenly and we happen to have a huge surplus of peaches these days!
Try peach butter. That sounds even better to me!!!
I love fruit butters and before winter sets in usually make some kind, usually apple, love your combination and all the photos!
Thanks so much! I usually make a few, just for the different flavors. Even though I still have some in the freezer from previous years!
Excellent inventiveness Mimi. I would love some on a slice of toast right now.
Thank you Conor!
Nice! I wouldn’t have thought peach and apple either but duh, sounds like the perfect pairing!
Great recipe. We have so many apples this year I am begging raccoons, squirrels and rabbits to eat away. Well, not the rabbits. They eat everything. But seriously, I have so many bags of applesauce in my freezer I think I need to get pregnant again.
Hahahahaha!!! That is too funny. The problem with getting pregnant is that you end up with another kid!!!
This is not a style of preserve you see in Australia. Looks good……
Really? Interesting. I think I first heard about apple butter, myself.
This looks so delicious – I can’t wait to make it!
Butters are really fun to make!
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Peach and apple butter sounds perfect, who even needs jam right? :D
Choc Chip Uru
Exactly! No jam in my house!
Great idea! And same for me- loads of apple butter – but no peach. And how about pear butter? I’ll put the peach butter on next year’s docket for the 20# of peaches and nectarines:)
Pear butter is fabulous. I’ve made it and also mixed it up with apples and pumpkin. I just didn’t think about apricots or peaches. Maybe plum butter???
oops – what’ this new ‘like’ on the comment?!
yes- apple pear- that I can still do this year. And plum butter I love- but our plums weren’t very prolific this year. I’ll probably just do some drying. I want to leave work and go home and can now:)))
Hahaha! I know the feeling!!!
Your apples look so good and I’m so glad you were able to pick so many ahead of the racoon invasion. We don’t have racoons here but we do have possums and they are also notorious for stealing from people’s gardens xx
Interesting! We have possums as well, but have never caught them doing anything. Have you ever seen their feet up close? They look like pink flowers!
How delicious! I never even thought of making my own fruit butter. I’m inspired now!
Oh, you must! They’re so nice to have on hand – especially for the holidays!
Intriguing, Mimi. I make peach butter every year with all my other peachy things. I have made tons of apple butter in the past and love it. I have made pear butter, too – also tremendous stuff. I have never considered combining peaches with apples but I don’t really know why not. Just never did. Very creative and I’m sure tasty. :)
Well I know. Me neither! I think because I only make butters when the weather cools down. But next year I’m going to make every kind of butter possible. Apricot, plum, peach… It’s just so much better than jam.
great idea, i guess this must be delicious as a glaze and stuffing for chicken too…
I guess it could be – yes!
Love that you added a little sparkling to this!
I was so worried the apples lacked flavor!
Oh my – I can just see how addictive this butter would be all year round!
You’re right. It’s not really seasonal, because people eat toast year round!
I always love your ideas and feel so inspired. I’ve never thought to make fruit butters bit it sounds too good to not try…do you remember where I put my food mill?
Hahahahaha wish I could help. I finally put up three giant shelving units in my basement and store everything down there. Makes it easier to store the big stuff – if you have a basement…
Oh please, don’t even mention my basement right now…not until my daughter closes on their new condo and removes half the stuff down there. Then I can see about donating all of the things my husband dragged here from his late aunt’s house. And THEN maybe I will have room for some nice shelves!
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Do you have any measurements or weights for this recipe, please? I would love to try this myself as I still got several pounds of summer peaches in the freezer.
Seriously no recipe is needed. Just cook a big pot of fruit with a little liquid to get things started cooking, some sugar, and a little lemon juice. Taste once the fruit breaks down to see if you want it sweeter. After all of the cooking, purée it all. It should be spreadable, not thin like a syrup.