Tuesday, September 20, 2011

{recipe} the pumpkin chronicles

I already talked about my obsession with pumpkin here. Something I am not obsessed with is that fact that most pumpkin recipes only call for one cup of pumpkin puree. A can of pumpkin puree has more than one cup in it. What is a girl to do?! Stick it in a tupperware and put it in my refrigerator? Um, sure but I know that I will forget about it and that it will inevitably end up being pushed to the back (aka the pit of icy no return.)  I had to think of something and I couldn't bring myself to bake any more sweets..... yet.

When my mom worked at Williams-Sonoma she always bought a million jars of pumpkin butter with her discount. We would have it sitting in our pantry for months past pumpkin season. I did not complain. I would spread that stuff on toast, english muffins, normal muffins, etc. every morning before I left for school. 

In short, pumpkin butter is my jam.
(Ha. Get it?! Yeah, I'm hilarious.)

Since I live in the middle of nowhere (yay for Tallahassee), I am not fortunate enough to have a Williams-Sonoma nearby (which is a complete crime BTW). I decided to go ahead and try to make pumpkin butter with that random tupperware of pumpkin puree sitting on the top shelf of my refrigerator.

Pumpkin Butter

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • Drizzle of honey
  • 1/2 cup tightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 T apple cider vinegar
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 T pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 t salt

  1. Put all ingredients into a sauce pan and simmer for 45 minutes on very low heat. Stir frequently.
  2. Refrigerate immediately. It will last for about a week or so in an airtight container.

This recipe filled half of a regular size mason jar. I will definitely double the recipe next time! Also, don't let your brown sugar caramelize like mine did. It won't taste bad but it will look like your pumpkin butter burned a little. Oops. 

Spread a little lot on your toast and then sprinkle some cinnamon on top.


Oh, and I take the GRE tomorrow at 1 pm. Ah. 


  1. Looks so good, I love all things pumpkin. It goes with the season so well!

    xx Emily @ laughliveandshop.blogspot.com

  2. Mmmm, pumpkin butter is the BEST ever. I want to try to make my own now! This looks delish and so easy to do!

  3. ooo i love pumpkin butter (almost as nuch as i love apple butter). thanks for yet another awesome and easy recipe!! i am always stuck with leftover pumpkin, too, so i just make another batch of scones but now i can make this :)

    love the new blog look, btw!

  4. Cute new blog design! What a fabulous recipe! Giveaway on my blog right now :)

  5. I love pumpkin butter! Since I go to school in the Appalachian mountains, it is all over the place at produce stands and little mountain stores this time of year!!!

    Hope the GRE went well -- I am taking it in December!!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower! Cute blog!



  6. I love all of your recipes but especially your pumpkin ones! :) This butter sounds delicious. How creative of you to come up with your own recipe. I actually just bought a pumpkin spice scented plug-in from Yankee Candle yesterday, and my room smells heavenly!!! It's seriously amazing.

    GOOD LUCK with the GRE tomorrow!!!! :)

  7. Good luck with the GRE! I'm sure you'll do great.. oh and that pumpkin butter looks delish - I've never had it before!

  8. This look delicious! :] Good Luck on your GRE! You are in my prayers!


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