09/05/2012 10:00 EDT | Updated 11/05/2012 05:12 EST

Old-fashioned apple butter delicious condiment for pancakes or toast

A perfect condiment for toast, pancakes or fruit parfaits, apple butter is as versatile as it is delicious.

Apple Butter

1 kg (2 lb) apples, peeled, cored and diced in 5-mm (1/4-inch) pieces

175 ml (3/4 cup) granulated sugar

125 ml (1/2 cup) apple cider

30 ml (2 tbsp) apple cider vinegar

2 ml (1/2 tsp) cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and place over medium-low heat. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until apples are very tender and have darkened, 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool. Puree using blender or immersion blender. Transfer to a clean container, cover and chill in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Makes about 500 ml (2 cups).

Nutrition information per serving: 90 calories; 25 g carbohydrate; 2 g fibre.

Tip: For best results, use Cortland, Northern Spy or Idared Apples.

Source: Ontario Apple Growers,