Lower-Sugar Dutch Apple Preserves


This recipe tastes just like apple pie! Luckily, you can indulge in this lower-sugar recipe guilt-free.

Lower-Sugar Dutch Apple Preserves
Prep Time:
35 mins
Process Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
5 half-pint jars


  • 2 pound tart green apples (about 6 medium), peeled, cored, and chopped

  • 1 ¼ cup water

  • ½ cup raisins

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoon apple pie spice

  • 1 1.75 ounce pkg. powdered fruit pectin for lower-sugar recipes or 3 Tbsp. powdered fruit pectin for low- or no-sugar recipes

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar


  1. In a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot combine the the first four ingredients (through lemon juice). In a small bowl stir together 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar, the apple pie spice, and pectin. Stir into apple mixture. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar and the brown sugar. Return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Quickly skim off any foam with a metal spoon.

  2. Ladle hot preserves into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.

  3. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner 10 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

30 Calories
8g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 80
Calories 30
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Total Sugars 7g
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 25mg 1%
Folate, total 0.5mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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