Spiced Pumpkin and Pecan Butter

Total Time
45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This spiced "butter" is delectable smeared across a slice of buttered toast or any hot bread, atop pancakes and waffles in place of syrup. You can even put a dollop on top of a scoop of rich vanilla ice cream. Recipe from Cooks Recipes.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Simmer the orange zest in 2 cups water in a saucepan for 10 minutes, then drain it and mince it to a fine pulp.
  2. Measure out 1 tablespoon and reserve. Combine in a heavy-bottomed stainless-steel or other nonreactive saucepan, the pumpkin and water (if using canned) orange zest, sugar, orange juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, salt, allspice, ginger and cloves.
  3. B30ring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly; lower the heat and simmer the mixture, stirring it very often with a wooden spatula, until it has become very thick, about 15 minutes.
  4. Sample the butter and add a little more of any of all of the spices, if you like (although flavors will blossom in storage).
  5. Add more sweetening if your taste buds request it.
  6. Stir in the nuts and continue to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Ladle the boiling-hot pumpkin butter into clean, hot half-pint canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Seal the jars with new 2 piece canning lids according to manufacturer's instructions.
  8. Process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. Cool, label, and store for up to a year in a cool cupboard.
Most Helpful

I used fresh pumpkin, but followed the recipe closely, including the lemon and orange--this kicks up the pumpkin a bit and helps with preserving it too. I cooked the butter for some time, until it got a rich color and quite thick. It is different than apple butter, but a welcome addition to a fall breakfast. Also used it twice to make the pumpkin squares #263086.

Suse40 January 18, 2012