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Pumpkin Butter

Have you ever had Apple Butter. It is delightful stuff. Better than jelly or jam any day of the week. I used to eat it on toast with my Grandpa. I keep a jar in the pantry at all times to remind me of him.

But besides Apple Butter, I have never had any other type of butter. Other than butter butter. Well, that and honey butter, but that is just honey and butter mixed together, so that doesn't count. You could just put the two on separately, but if you are lazy you have someone mix it together for you first.

When I started posting about Fall, Caitlin emailed me and sent me a link to her pumpkin butter recipe. And I don't think anything screams Fall more than pumpkin butter.

Pumpkin Butter Recipe
6 cups pumpkin (either canned, or fresh from your own baking pumpkin)
4 cups sugar
4 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground ginger

Mix all ingredients together and cook for 20-30 minutes or until thickened. Ladle into pint jars and process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.

(I did add some water while making this, just so the butter would be a little less thick, but make it according to your heart's desire)

YUM! But she didn't have a picture of her pumpkin butter! (Too good that you eat it all before pictures are allowed to be taken. So I Googled Pumpkin butter and came up with this picture from Dinner with Julie:

and yet another Pumpkin Butter recipe:

1– 28 oz. can pumpkin puree
1 ¼ cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice (or a juice box)
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger
1 Tbsp. dark molasses
¼ tsp. ground allspice or cloves
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

Put everything except the lemon juice into a medium pot and set it over medium heat. Stir until it is well blended and bring to a boil; as soon as the thick mixture bubbles turn the heat down to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for about an hour, until very thick and smooth.

Makes about 4 cups.

So now I have to make two types of Pumpkin Butter!! I think I know what people are going to be getting when they come trick or treating to my house.


LunaMoonbeam said...

Mmm...thanks! Now I know what to do with all my pumpkin!!

Every year, I convince Lo Gung to get me the BIGGEST pumpkins we can find at our supermarket. We might carve them, we might not...but either way, Halloween night I am up until 2 am, steaming and pureeing pumpkins. I put them in the freezer and make pumpkin bread for EVERY holiday party I attend.

Even so, I processed 100 lbs of pumpkin last year (Stew Leonard's had some MAMMOTH PUMPKINS!) and Lo Gung doesn't know I STILL have pumpkin in my freezer. Yikes!

Kendra @ Domestic Princess in Training said...

Oh my, this sounds delicious! I love anything pumpkin flavored.

Jessika said...

Actually, WATCH OUT. I read last year (when I really really really wanted to make pumpkin butter), that it was too dense to process even in a pressure cooker, let alone a water bath. It's a squash, so a water bath, even if it's not in pumpkin form, is not appropriate. It is low acid, and the water bath will not bring it up to the necessary temperature to process it. That means botulism can make a home in it.

But, I read last year that it was just too dense to even process in a pressure canner. Something about the heat couldn't make its way all the way to the center of the butter due to the density.

This made me very sad last year, but it's for the best if it's true. The articles recommended that if you like pumpkin butter that much, buy it commercially or make small batches that you store by refridgeration rather than canning. Commercial processing can reach to the core in canning.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these recipes! I love apple butter and so do my kids. I HAVE to make these ASAP!!! It looks too good to wait!

McVal said...

Yummy! THanks for sharing! Have you ever tried pumpkin soup? I think it's wonderful! But my family doesn't care for it...

Unknown said...

I LOVE Pumpkin butter. The first time I tried it, I had gotten a jar from Williams Sonoma. Best stuff in the world! I've made my own and it was ok, but haven't tried any other recipes. I'm going to give one of these that you posted a try. Thanks!


Welcome to Lulu's life. said...

I have to try this. A local Vegan shop makes carrot butter that I am absolutely head over heals for...but pumpkin is by far my favorite flavor!!

Room to Inspire said...

Yum-o! I can't wait to try it, thanks for sharing!


Anonymous said...

OH MAN you are KILLING me! I can't WAIT for FALL! Too bad it's a whopping 104 every day around here. The leaves are turning... brown because they are burnt.
Come on FALL!!!!!

Kristina P. said...

I tried a jar from William Sonoma and it was delicious! I slathered it on everything!

There's a little resturant near me that makes strawberry butter, for their homemade popovers. To die for!

TidyMom said...

YES! thanks for posting these recipes! an online friend sent me a jar she made years ago! - I ate the entire jar in 2-3 days LOL - try it spread on a ritz cracker, tastes like pumpkin pie!

I've always wanted to make some, but never tried!!


Natalie said...

thank you for these recipes! i am going to have to try these, i have a mild obsession with things that taste autumny.

Katie said...


I'm going to pretend this is Cal's baby food, so I can carry it around everywhere I go.