Crisp leaves crunch underfoot as a cool gust of wind blows by. It's the time for pumpkin everything. That's right ladies and gentlemen, it's finally fall. To usher in this era of sweater weather, we're fully embracing autumn's shining star, pumpkin butter. Read on for our classic pumpkin butter recipe plus ways to use this cool ingredient. It's the reason for the season folks!
Before we begin, let's assemble the proper kitchen items and ingredients.
Now we can jump right into this delicious recipe!
Begin by heating one burner to medium-high heat. Then, combine all ingredients except lemon juice into large saucepan and begin heating. Stir to mix, then occasionally until it begins to bubble.
Reduce heat to medium-low for a simmer for ten minutes, then low for five more minutes. Stir occasionally during this timeframe. While the pumpkin butter is cooking, use citrus juicer to juice lemon until you have 2 teaspoons of fresh-squeezed juice.
Next, mix in the lemon juice and stir until smoothly and evenly combined. Continue cooking for five more minutes on low heat.
Finally, taste your concoction. To increase acidity, add a little bit more lemon juice. For sweeter flavor, add more sugar or syrup. To ramp up the pumpkin punch, consider a bit more pumpkin pie spice. For a thicker consistency, continue cooking on low heat for a few more minutes. Once you have your desired end result, remove from heat, transfer to mason jar and let cool. Secure with lid and store in refrigerator for up to one month.
Now that we've mastered perfect pumpkin butter, how exactly do we use it? Well, it's ideal spread onto whole grain toast or a bagel for a sweet addition to breakfast; consider a cinnamon raisin bagel for the ultimate way to start your fall day. Give chia seed pudding a seasonal makeover with pumpkin butter as a topping. Or, spread as a topper for waffles or pancakes. A jar of pumpkin butter is also a thoughtful hostess gift for your next book club host or dinner party host. There's truly so many ways to use this charming ingredient.