Old Fashioned Apple Butter & Fried Biscuits

When old fashioned apple butter comes to mind, I think of country cooking and brisk autumn days. 🍁 I remember a long closed buffet restaurant called Mac’s Steakhouse in Shelbyville, Indiana (Greenfield, IN, too) that used to serve up deep fried biscuits with a sweet, cinnamony apple butter to dip them in. So good you could make yourself sick eating too many! Making apple butter is a little bit labor intensive and the best way to make it is to separate the skins and cores from the pulp after the apples are cooked – not before! I’ll show you two simple ways to do it. 🍎

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Old Fashioned Apple Butter

The reason you’d want to leave the skins on the apples while cooking them is because all the natural pectin is found in the skins. Before you run the cooked apples through a food mill, let them sit in a strainer over a clean pot or bowl to collect the juice. Now you can also make apple jelly without the need for store-bought pectin. I grew up with the “waste not, want not” attitude. It’s nice to get two products from one batch of fruit. 😃

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Cooking the apples:

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Using a large spoon and strainer:

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Using a food mill:

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Old Fashioned Apple Butter

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Fried Biscuits

Canned biscuits, any kind
Vegetable oil or shortening
Apple butter and/or powdered sugar and/or cinnamon sugar

Pour oil into a deep frying pan or pot. Turn heat to high. Pinch off a tiny piece of dough from a biscuit and drop into the oil. When the dough starts sizzling, turn the heat down to medium and gently place a biscuit into the oil with tongs or slotted spoon. Let fry on one side for about 2 minutes. Gently turn over and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Experiment with a biscuit or two to find the right amount of time needed to cook the biscuit all the way through without burning.

Carefully remove the browned biscuit from the hot oil with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. While still hot, sprinkle both sides with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar or just dip into apple butter.

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Mmm-mmmm!

The old saying was “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I don’t know if that’s true or not, it certainly could be! If it is, I’ll leave you with a few other apple recipes that will at least make you happy while eating them. Firstly, Carol’s Super Moist Apple Bread warm with a smear of butter is simply divine. Secondly, Big Apple Fritters is a recipe tested by my gal-pal, Norma, and is definitely a winner!

Happy eating!

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About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing she learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. Her great-grandmother put her on a step-stool at the stove and thus began her passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

3 Replies to “Old Fashioned Apple Butter & Fried Biscuits”

  1. Too funny…I live in Georgia and my son asked about fried biscuits and apple butter this weekend (he’s 34 and apparently I made them often when he was little. So, I turned to the internet to look find a recipe…now the funny part – I’m from Shelbyville, IN originally and worked at Mac’s Family Restaurant for years. Your opening paragraph make me feel like home.

  2. I just made fried biscuits and apple butter for the first time. I had them once, when I was camping with my friend, and her mom made them. I have craved them since that day. I sat down with my little biscuit bites (i quarter each biscuit before deep-frying) and a bowl of apple butter, then went on the internet to see how many others have recipes for them. I landed here, and I am in Florida, but moved from Indiana!

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