A true taste of fall is sweet apple butter, made with slow-cooked apples, sugar and a dash of lemon juice and vinegar to add tartness. Narcoossee’s serves their version at Sunday brunch with the crispy chicken and waffles, but it’s a tasty condiment for almost any meal – and delicious all by itself on a slice of warm buttered toast.

Narcoossee’s Waterfront Brunch at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

Narcoossee’s leisurely brunch kicks off with a glass of Champagne, a mimosa or Bloody Mary each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes everything from just-caught fish to brioche French toast and lobster eggs Benedict. And, of course, the stack of waffles and fried chicken with a dollop of apple butter. (For reservations, 407-WDW-DINE, or Disneyworld.com/dining.)

If you can’t join us for brunch, the chefs happily share their recipe for you to make at home.

Narcoossee’s Apple Butter
Makes 1 Pint

  • 6 cups Fuji apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ice wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 vanilla bean
  1. Place apples, juice, brown sugar and salt in a large saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Cover and reduce heat to low. Continue simmering for 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in lemon juice, vinegar, cinnamon and cloves. Split vanilla bean in half, lengthwise and scrape out seeds with a knife. Add to pan and puree with an immersion blender until smooth.
  3. Return saucepan to stove and simmer over low heat, stirring every 5 minutes, for 30 minutes, until mixture is a deep amber color and apple butter reaches desired thickness.
  4. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove any excess liquid.
  5. Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days.