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Apple Butter

How does your family organize grocery shopping?

At our house, we keep a list.

The way it works for us, is if someone in the house uses up the last of something, or decides there is a particular food/product that he or she wants, that person is responsible for writing it on the list.  This way, we can keep track of everything we need/want to get, so we don’t forget anything when we go grocery shopping.

Another reason is because it is often our dad who does the grocery shopping, so if Julie and I don’t write down a lot of the stuff we need, he’d never think to buy it. (sometimes we request a few somewhat out-of-the-ordinary ingredients!)

Not that Julie or I have a problem with grocery shopping.  Actually, we both kinda like it, but often our dad will go in the evening when there’s less people at the store, and that’s often when we are at work.

Usually, our dad sticks to the list as written, but sometimes, he comes home with a few surprises.  To our delight, he came home the other day with apple butter!

I don’t know if you’ve ever had apple butter, but you definitely should! It’s to die for. Think apple sauce, but waaaay more luxurious!  The brand he bought is called Wellesley, and it is probably some of the best I’ve ever tasted!  It is made in Ontario from local apples, and has no added sugar or preservatives!  You can be sure when apple season hits, we’ll be making our own version of this stuff!

Anyways, as soon as we saw it we instantly had a million ideas going through our heads as to what we could make with it.

And tofu seemed like a good option! 🙂

Smokey apple butter tofu, to be precise.

Sweet, a little salty and a little smokey, this tofu was delicious!  We ended up serving it over spinach salad with an apple butter balsamic vinaigrette (recipe for that will be up soon!), which made for a very healthy, very yummy lunch.

We baked our tofu, but I’m sure this would be delicious grilled or pan-seared, too!  As long as it’s a little crispy, you’re good to go 🙂

Julie and I actually licked our plate clean, this was so good!  I think my dad bought the jar of apple butter on Friday night, and it’s already getting close to empty!  Looks like another trip to the grocery store will be in the near future… 😉

Apple butter on tofu.  Do it.

Smokey Apple Butter-Baked Tofu

Prep time: 45 min

Bake Time: 20 min

Serves: 2


1/2 block firm or extra-firm tofu, pressed

2 tbsp apple butter

1 tsp soy sauce

3 drops liquid smoke

1.5-2 tbsp water

1 tsp apple cider vinegar


Slice tofu into desired size.

Combine all marinade ingredients except water in a small bowl.  Add water gradually, until the marinade reaches your desired consistency.

Place tofu chunks/slices in a freezer bag and pour in the marinade.  Very gently toss the tofu around in the bag until each piece is evenly coated.  Allow to marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350C

Place tofu pieces on a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.  Flip each piece over and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the outsides are golden and crispy.


Have you ever had apple butter?  What is your favourite way to have tofu?