I had no idea how easy—and economical—it is to create a fresh and healthy spread until I made my own fruit butter, minus even a smidgen of butter!
First, here’s the recipe:
- Take a big fruit, such as apple, pear or peach.
- Peel and chop it, discarding any bruised parts.
- Cook it in cold water just enough to cover the fruit, and strain through a sieve. You can add a little sugar: I prefer not to, letting the natural sweetness of the fruit pamper my palate.
So, this is your apple/pear/peach butter, called thus because its silken texture is exactly like butter. If you make a stiff fruit puree, you can give it a lovely old fashioned name: fruit cheese.
Spread your soft fruit butter on toast, waffles, scones or pancakes. It’s a healthful, sin-free treat. Bonus: you get to use up all that fruit sitting in your basket!
According to Ayurveda, cooked fruit, particularly apples and peaches, are nutritional gold, bestowing you with ojas, or inner radiance. If you’d like to learn more about the ayurvedic benefits of fruit, click here.
- Don’t cook the fruit too much, for it will lose its flavor and goodness.
- Spoon your fruit butter into a little jar, tie a festive ribbon on the jar, and gift it to a friend or neighbor.
- Most stone fruits work well for making fruit butters.