Ignorance is Butter
Up until I was around 22, I was unaware that apple butter didn’t contain butter. It is so savory in flavor that I just assumed that it must contain butter. I was bewildered to find out that it was simply sugar, spices, and apples (and possibly preservatives). Where does the savory flavors comes from? Even though it is apple jam, it has something so similar in flavor to butter that its name contains the word butter. Quite the embarrassment on my end.
Barrel-Aged Beer Apple Butter
I recently made apple butter with Brass Neck’s Cherubesque and wanted to do it again with the addition of cranberries. I also knew that I was planning on cracking open our bottle of Freemont’s B-bomb Coffee Cinnamon variant. I knew that my desire for making apple butter and my desire to open up this bourbon barrel-aged delight would one day meet and fall in love. I first tried this variant after graciously waiting in line for some time. Although not as extravagant as its coconut brother, the coffee cinnamon is an abominable contender for sure.
The coffee and cinnamon are present but subtle in this well blended, complex mix of bourbon malt and barrel flavors. If you imagine hard enough, it is like drinking a cafe Royale. Certainly pairing this with some vanilla ice cream is a no brainer. Absolutely do that. And then come back to me as we attempt to add some apples and cranberries to the mix and see if I can attempt to make my out apple butter variant that provides me with a little bits of oak barrels.
The process of making this is painstakingly easy and exactly the same as our previous apple butter recipe, but with the addition of cranberries and B-Bomb. Toss it in the slow cooker before you go to work. Toss it in the blender to puree and store in your favorite mason jar.
Bits of Oak
Overall the bits of oak that I was striving for was there, but ever so slight. If you want more bits of oak, substitute the water for more B-Bomb. Although I was attempting something oaky, a more reasonable approach would be to using a tart beer in this situation like the Cran-cherry Pomona Queen. Or go with something juicy like Riverbend’s Berry Milkshake IPA perhaps. Whatever options you choose, you can’t go wrong with adding one of your favorite craft beers to an apple butter recipe.
- Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and place on high for 4 hours.
- Place cooked apples chunks into a blend and puree. Place pureed apple butter into a mason jar.