Delicious and easy homemade Instant Pot apple butter. This simple recipe requires only a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of prep time. Slather it on your toast or use it in your favorite Fall recipes.
What is apple butter?
Apple butter is simply concentrated apple sauce. In other words, it’s cooked longer than apple sauce until the sugar in the apple caramelizes, giving it its rich caramel color.
So what makes an apple butter perfect?
- Thick and smooth consistency
- It’s naturally sweet with a little tanginess
- Rich caramel color
How to make apple butter in the Instant Pot
1. Prepare apples: Rinse and dice the apples. Remove the core but leave the skin on as it’s an essential component to making sure the apple butter is thick.
2. Combine ingredients: In the Instant Pot insert, add water, diced apples, cinnamon, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Add cane sugar, if using. Stir and close the lid of the Instant Pot.
3. Pressure cook: Close the Instant Pot lid, set the valve on “sealing”, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Once completed, turn off the Instant Pot and wait 10 minutes to naturally release the pressure. Quick-release any remaining pressure and remove the lid.
4. Blend: Using an immersion blender (or a blender), blend the mixture until it’s smooth and creamy.
5. Sautee: Pour the mixture back into the Instant Pot insert, leaving the lid off. Press the “Sautee” button and adjust level to “Less”. Carefully* stir the mixture for about 10 minutes until it thickens to desired consistency. Turn off and let apple butter cool completely. Serve or store for later.
Prepared Instant Pot apple butter can be used in a variety of ways and make a tasty addition to toasts, pancakes, and more. Here are some ways to enjoy it:
- Use it as a spread on toast, bagels, or English muffins.
- Add it as a syrup on pancakes and waffles.
- Drizzle it over ice cream.
- Add it as a dip in your next Fall tray.
- Use it in recipes that call for apple butter.
Frequently asked questions
What’s the difference between apple butter and apple sauce? Both apple sauce and apple butter are made by cooking apples and spices, however, apple butter is cooked longer than applesauce to create a thicker, caramelized spread.
How long is apple butter good for? If stored in a sealed container, the apple butter stores for up to 7 days.
Which Instant Pot did you use to make this apple butter? I’ve tested this recipe on both my Instant Pot Duo Mini 3-Quart and Instant Pot DUO 6-Quart with great results. However, you may need to tweak it based on the size, model, and brand of your pressure cooker.
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- Instant Pot Butternut Squash Soup
- Instant Pot Hard-Boiled Eggs
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- Instant Pot Chickpeas
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- 2 lbs apples, about 6 apples
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extra
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- Rinse and dice the apples. Leave the skin on and be sure to remove the core.
- In the Instant Pot insert, add water, diced apples, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Stir and close the lid of the Instant Pot.
- Close the Instant Pot lid, set the valve on “sealing”, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Once completed, turn off the Instant Pot and wait 10 minutes to naturally release the pressure. Quick-release any remaining pressure and remove the lid.
- Cool down the mixture and transfer to a blender. Process until smooth. Alternatively, use an immersion blender until smooth.
- Pour the mixture back into the Instant Pot insert and leave the lid off. Press the “Sautee” button and adjust level to “Less”. Carefully* stir mixture for about 10-15 minutes until it thickens to desired consistency. Turn off and let apple butter cool completely. Serve or store for later.