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       Title: Diana’s Apple Butter
  Categories: Canning
       Yield: 1 Servings
  
       1 c  Filtered apple juice
       1 c  Dried apples (organic pref.)
       8 lb Firm cooking apples *
       1 c  Water
       1 tb Grated lemon zest
       1 tb Fresh lemon juice
       2 tb Light brown sugar
       2 ts Ground cinnamon
       1 ts Ground ginger
     1/2 ts Ground cloves
     1/2 ts Ground allspice
  
     *  Suggested apples:  Rome, Winesap, or Cortland.
       Bring the apple juice to a boil.  Place the apples in a glass or
   ceramic bowl and pour the hot apple juice over them. Let them sit until
   plump, about one hour.
        Peel, core, and chop fresh apples.  Place them along with the
 plumped
   dried apples and juice in a large kettle or Dutch oven. Add
 approximately 1
   cup of water or enough to come about 1 inch up the side of the pan.
        Bring the water to a gentle boil, cover, and reduce the heat.
 Simmer
   until the apples are soft, about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
 Check
   the water level often, adding more as needed, a tablespoon at a time,
 to
   prevent burning.
        Transfer the apples to a food processor or blender, and puree,
 taking
   care not to liquefy.  Pour the mixture into a saucepan and stir in the
   lemon zest, lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and
   allspice.
        Cook over low heat, stirring often, until the mixture thickens and
   reduces by about a third, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the heat
 and
   let cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours before serving,
   allowing time for the flavors to meld. Store in the refrigerator for up
 to
   3 weeks.  Makes about 4 cups.
     Source:  Grilling from the Garden; by Diana Shaw, (c)
     1993.
        Formatted by:  Nancy Filbert; Prodigy ID - LRCE87A; June, 1996.
  
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