Spiced Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Note: The CrockPot Fruit Butter eBook is NOW AVAILABLE! Click here for more details.

 

FINALLY!

The temperatures have finally started to cool down, the next week should be in the 70’s with possible rain. It’s starting to feel like fall around here. Autumn is by far my favorite season. I love the cooler temps and windy/rainy weather more than I love the 90 degree temps (or more often 105+ in my area).

Also something to be excited about…sugar pumpkins are out!

I may be the last person to realize, but you don’t eat those big pumpkins. I always assumed that you could either carve them or use them for pies. Turns out they are grown specifically for carving and not meant to be eaten (the seeds are the exception). You actually want to purchase Sugar Pumpkins or Pie Pumpkins for baking and pumpkin goodies. They are the smaller pumpkins that typically run about 1-2 lbs.

This year I bought two for the best treat of all…Pumpkin Butter! (Finally, right?! I’ve only been promising you this recipe for a year).

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

I’ve recently made pumpkin butter out of canned puree and fresh pumpkins. The texture is the same, so you can actually use either type of pumpkin you prefer. I can usually find pumpkin puree year round in the grocery store, so I’d go with the novelty of the Sugar/Pie Pumpkin if they are in season.

In this recipe I chose not to use the standard Pumpkin Pie spice, and measured out separate spices which led to a ‘spicier’ flavor profile, mostly due to the ginger. You can cut back on the ginger if you prefer a less spicy butter. Or add 1/2 up front, then add the rest later on if you’d like.

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

To add extra flavor, in place of water, I used apple juice. I also threw a few cinnamon sticks into the crock pot while the butter cooked down. I later added a little more cinnamon for taste.

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves…Smelled like Thanksgiving!

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

To my knowledge, there is no super easy way to cut up a pumpkin. This is the best way I know how and it works pretty well. It will still be a bit messy, but it’s rather quick. I use the same technique for melons and pineapple.

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Cut off the top and bottom of the pumpkin using a sharp knife [insert knife safety discussion here, I don’t want anyone losing a finger!].

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Set the gourd on it’s end and start cutting down the side to remove the rind. This takes a little concentration since the pumpkin will start to fold on itself a bit.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL. 

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Once you have all the outside cut off, cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Then chop the meat into chunks.

Toss the pumpkin with the sugar and spices.

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Don’t throw out those seeds! I was surprised, there were a ton of seeds in those little pumpkins. These would make a great snack when roasted and seasoned!

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Spiced Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Makes: About 2 pints

 

  • Meat of 2 Sugar/Pie Pumpkins
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Juice
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (I used light brown)
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks, plus 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

 

1. Remove the rind of the pumpkin, and scoop out the seeds. Chop the meat of the pumpkin into 1 inch chunks.

2. Toss the sugar and ground spices with the chopped pumpkin.

3. Add the pumpkin mixture to the Crockpot. Add the apple juice and cinnamon sticks. Set the Crockpot on low and close the lid.

4. Let the pumpkin cook overnight or while your at work (about 8 hours). When soft enough, remove the cinnamon sticks, and use an immersion blender to mash the pumpkin into a puree. You can also use a blender, food process, or even a potato masher for this step. Add the 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon and stir to combine.

5. Change the Crockpot temperature to high and vent or remove the lid. Let the mixture cook down until very thick, there should be no visibly liquid/water left. I cooked it on high for about 3 hours, but this step can vary per batch. Your batch may need more or less than 3 hours.

6. Once it’s done, let it cool. Depending on your preference you may want to blend it for a smoother consistency. I used a magic bullet to blend the mixture. I will warn you, since the finished product is so thick (you’ve cooked most of the water out at this point), you may need to add a bit of water to the blender. Add a tablespoon as a time if necessary to help the mixture blend more easily.

 

Test it out right away and spread it on a piece of bread/toast. Absolutely delicious!

Fresh Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

Of course you could also spread it on pancakes or waffles, mix into yogurt or pudding, or use it in place of jelly in a PB & J…the possibilities are endless.

My favorite way is to mix it in with some Greek yogurt and walnuts.

Mixed into Greek Yogurt_1 

You can ‘Can’ this recipe and save for a future date, or pour into clean canning jars and keep in your fridge. Fruit butters typically keep for about  a month if closed tightly and kept in the fridge [I bet you eat it long before that!].

Hope you enjoy as much I do.

18 responses

  1. Can’t wait to give this a whirl!! I tried the apple butter & it was amazing! Whole family enjoyed it. Especially the apple butter muffins i made🙂 thank you for sharing such great recipes!

      • That they were!! The apple butter was just oozing a bit from the top & they were super moist..couldn’t have done it without your recipe. Also, you should know that particular recipe is what gave me confidence due to all of the positive feedback i recieved & i’ve been baking something every week since then🙂 So thank you

  2. I see nutmeg twice in measurements but not the cloves which measure is which? my daughter is apumpkin nut i so am going to make this for her thanks for creating it and sharing

  3. just so you know instead of “peeling” the pumpkin with a knife, if you boil it the skin peels right off. just wear a thick kitchen glove if you feel its too hot.
    (also always purée pumpkin hot for that silky smooth finish a tip I picked up when canning my own pumpkin purée;)

  4. Pingback: Holiday Entertaining – Autumn Edition: Gifts For Your Guests « Green Door Hospitality

  5. Pingback: A Look Back at 2012 | Changing My Destiny

  6. How would I go about canning this or the Apple butter? I’ve never canned in my life and wanted to send this or the apple butter out for Christmas gifts but have no idea how to can. I have to ship some so I don’t want it to go bad in transit.

Join the Conversation!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s