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Grandma Markle’s Apple Butter Recipe Is Duchess-Approved

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Before Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, she ran a lifestyle blog called The Tig, where she shared dozens of delicious recipes. These days, Meghan has a team that prepares her meals, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t eating food fit for a royal before she met Harry. 

Back in 2015, the Canadian magazine Flare asked Meghan what her favorite breakfast-in-bed recipe was. The duchess revealed that French toast with a dollop of her grandmother’s apple butter and lemony ricotta was her luxurious breakfast go-to. “This recipe is great because it’s a little bit savory and a little bit sweet,” she said during the interview. 

After reading the recipe, we’ve come to the conclusion that it would be a darn shame if she hasn’t shared it with the rest of the royal family yet. In fact, we recommend heading over to Flare.com right now so you can print out the recipe.

Is apple butter healthy?

As delicious as a sweet-yet-tangy French toast recipe sounds, you probably shouldn’t slather every breakfast carb with apple butter if you’re watching your waistline. Though there’s no butter in apple butter, it’s still chock-full of sugar depending on how it’s made. 

Fortunately, there’s a way you can continue to enjoy apple butter: sugar-free spreads. The process of making apple butter is similar to making applesauce: Cut up a bushel of apples and cook them until soft before mashing them by hand or processing them in a blender. Apple butter is the perfect slow-cooker recipe, because the mashed-up apples still need to cook for a bit longer. Simply chuck them in your Instant Pot and walk away. In a few hours, you’ll have melted apple goop that’s downright delicious smeared on a slice of toast. You can add sweeteners to your apple butter, but we recommend letting the natural sweetness of the apples do its job. 

Not only will you have a delicious breakfast spread for your family (or the perfect homemade Christmas gift for your neighbors), but your house will smell divine. Nothing feels more like fall than the scent of apples and cinnamon. Besides, what else were you going to do with all those leftover apples you picked at the orchard?

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