2 pounds assorted apples, peeled, cored and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
1 pounds baking pumpkin, peeled, seeded and diced into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups apple cider or apple juice
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
1 whole star anise (or cinnamon stick if preferred)
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Combine apples, pumpkin, apple cider and butter together in a large, shallow 12" x 8" glass baking dish.
Cook in oven, stirring occasionally until apples and pumpkin are softened, about 30 to 35 minutes.
Remove from oven, mash apple mixture with a potato masher or in a food processor for a smoother texture.
Add maple syrup, star anise, allspice and ginger and stir well.
Return to baking dish and bake in oven, stirring occasionally until thickened and golden brown, about 2 hours.
Remove from oven, discard star anise and let stand to cool.
The Canadian Family
Tightly sealed and chilled, apple butter will keep 2 weeks; frozen, it will keep 3 months.
Originally published October, 2008