Baked Date Apple Butter

Baked Date Apple Butter

This recipe happened almost accidentally. I wanted to bake some apple pieces for my toddler so that they would be easier to chew but forgot about them in the oven. By the time I got to them they had completely cooked down into a fine mash. Instead of baked apple pieces I ender up with apple sauce. Really delicious easy peasy, no blender required apple sauce. So good that I ate most of it myself instead of feeding it to the toddler.

In an effort to elevate it to adult status I added a few of my favorite flavors: dates and pumpkin pie spice. As a result this deeply flavorful and sweet apple butter was born. It’s uses are endless: top some ice cream, stir it into oat meal or overnight oats, spread it on toast or a bagel with a little cream cheese or just eat it up with a spoon. Hopefully it will make it out of the baking dish and into the fridge before it’s all gone!

Baked Date Apple Butter

Apples and dates, seasoned and baked into a rich, flavorful spread.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Condiment
Keyword: apple butter, jam, spread
Author: Hana Itzhaki

Equipment

  • knife
  • cutting board
  • baking dish or
  • dutch oven
  • potato masher, immersion blender, or food processor (optional)

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 10 medium size apples peeled, cored and cut into a large dice
  • 10 medjool dates pitted, and cut into quarters
  • 1-2 tablespoons pure silan date syrup
  • 11/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • Spray a 9×13 in. baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl combine the apples, dates, silan, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well to combine.
  • Pour the apple mixture into an even layer in the baking dish. Cover tightly with foil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes. Stir, cover and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Allow the apples to cool. Apple butter can either be left at this consistency or can be mashed with a potato masher or blended with an immersion blender or food processor for a smoother consistency.
  • Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

Notes

Any large oven proof pan with a lid such as a dutch oven can be used instead of a baking dish and foil. If you are using a particularly sweet variety of apple, use less of the silan. Silan is a syrup made from dates. Be sure the silan you are using is 100% pure. Many brands add corn syrup and other additives. Cinnamon or a combination of warm spices such as ginger, cloves, allspice and nutmeg can be used in place of the pumpkin pie spice.

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