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Apple-Walnut Maple Conserve

Versatile and delicious, this conserve reminds me of a warm cozy kitchen; you'll love every bite. I warm the conserve and pour it over vanilla ice cream as a dessert, and it's great as a topping over French toast, biscuits or even pork roast. Be sure to make more than one batch so you can give it as gifts during the holidays.—Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 55 min. Process: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    11 half-pints

Ingredients

  • 12 cups chopped peeled Granny Smith apples (about 6 pounds)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 cups finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions

  • In a stockpot, combine apples, sugars, maple syrup, cinnamon and pie spice; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, 20-30 minutes or until apples are tender and mixture is slightly thickened. Stir in walnuts. Return to a boil; cook and stir 5 minutes longer.
  • Carefully ladle hot mixture into 11 hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 89 calories, 2g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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