Old Fashioned Pumpkin Butter
If you want to contribute something homemade and amazing to a holiday gathering, this simple pumpkin butter is the answer! Imagine the best pumpkin pie filling you've ever had, and then imagine it being 10 times better with a deeper, more intense pumpkin flavor, just the right amount of sweetness, and just the right amount of spices to make things interesting. Spread on buttered toast.
I'm not the biggest dessert person and rarely crave specific sweet treats, but I always look forward to my annual slice of pumpkin pie. It's one of my favorite things to eat, sweet or otherwise, and it's always been a bit of a mystery why this great pie is only made once a year. That mystery will have to be dealt with another time, but this amazing "Old Fashioned Pumpkin Butter" would be perfect for enjoying something very similar, and possibly superior, when pumpkin pie is out of season.
This couldn't be easier to make, but as I warned in the video, it does come with a certain amount of danger, so we need to be careful. As the mixture reduces and thickens, it will start to splatter up and out of the pot, and we don't want our exposed skin anywhere close. So, use a nice deep pot if possible, and a splatter guard is also a great idea. And if you're into slow cookers, and have the time, they do work nicely for jobs like this.
I'm always very conservative when seasoning recipes like this, since a little bit of "pumpkin spice" goes a long way. You can always add more, so use a light touch. I can't think of a nicer thing to bring to a holiday gathering or to give as an edible gift, but no matter what your motivation, I really do hope you give this a try soon. Enjoy!
You can use fresh, sweet pumpkins in place of pumpkin puree, but it would take so much extra time and work that I don't think it's worth it.
You can use apple cider for apple juice, and lemon juice for apple cider vinegar.
Adding butter is optional, but I think it adds important richness and improves the texture as well.