Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter, Farmers Wife Original

Hi y'all!! Wow I can't believe it's been almost a week since I posted last... I can honestly say that I did miss y'all and typing up these recipes, however it was a much needed break to take care of my sick boys (and the big one was monopolizing the computer while he was home sick anyway... haha!) and to take care of myself so that I wouldn't get sick. And believe it or not, I never did catch it! I had a few days of horrible allergies after being out on the farm, but that's normal for me!! YAY!!!

Now, on to the recipe. I've been toying with the idea of making Pumpkin Butter for about a year. I thought about it last Holiday Season, but ran out of time and energy. This year I decided to go nuts, in 2 days time I made a giant batch of this stuff, a batch of Cran-Apple Butter and 2 homemade loaves of bread... Yeah I went a little crazy... haha! This recipe will fill 6 16 oz. containers... I know I know.... That's a little much. But I gave most of this away, and that is my plan for the future to make this for holiday gatherings, or to just give away to friends and family! Plus this amazing butter can be used for baking too, and I'll be sharing my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Donuts later this week!

I confess I'm doing something I rarely do right now... I'm posting the recipe to make the big batch. Why you might ask? Because I want to, lol! And because if it was me, all the ingredients for this are really reasonable so why not share with those you love? (Plus you can't use it in baking if you don't make more than you need.... haha!) I hope y'all love this, it really makes your house smell like fall!

3 29 oz. Cans of Pumpkin Puree (NOT Pumpkin Pie Mix)
1 Cup Apple Juice or Cider
1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
1 Cup Sugar (or Splenda)
3 Tablespoons Ground Cinnamon
1 Tablespoon Ground Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger

In a large stock pot, combine all the ingredients. Cook on medium-low heat stirring often for about 30 minutes. To let all the flavors combine. Then using a Potato Masher or Whisk, mix together on low heat until completely smooth and the right texture. Should be thick and easy to spread. Taste and add more sugar/spices if you want. Allow to cool, and then place in resealable containers. This stays fresh for up to a month in the fridge, or 4 months in the freezer. *Do not can Pumpkin Butter*

This was amazingly simple and took very little time, and yet it tastes like a pumpkin pie spread on your favorite bread... It's amazing! I give this 4.5 stars.

Happy Baking!

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