Wooster, Ohio is home to Secrest Arboretum, the ‘Crablandia’ collection and my favorite ‘Malus Maniac’ and ‘Crabaholic’, Jim Chatfield of The Ohio State University.
Jim shared this crabapple butter recipe with me. It’s perfect slathered on crusty sourdough bread on a brisk autumn day.
Lee’s Nearly Famous Dolgo Crabapple Butter
Wash 8 lbs of Dolgo fruit and place in a large kettle.
Cover with water.
Heat to a boil and simmer until fruit starts to soften.
Drain and process fruit through a mill, then add:
3 lbs of sugar
2 quarts of cider
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
Simmer the mixture over a low heat.
Cook 2-4 hours or to desired thickness.
Pour hot butter into jars. Process in hot water bath or freeze.
Your house will smell absolutely scrumptious!