I love all things pumpkin, in case that wasn't obvious already.
Pumpkin Butter is SO easy to make, I don't know why I haven't tried it before! It just takes a little time, maybe I'm just too impatient. But I gave it a whirl this week and am pleasantly surprised at the ease of making it AND it's absolute deliciousness!!
1 (29 oz) can pure pumpkin
1 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 c. brown sugar
1 Tbs pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
freshly grated nutmeg
juice of 1/2 lemon
Stir everything except lemon juice together in a heavy saucepan over medium heat. When mixture begins to boil, reduce heat and cover. You'll want to prop the lid open just a little to let the steam escape (a wooden spoon handle works great). Let simmer for at least 35 minutes. The mixture will pop and sputter and splatter a lot, just to forewarn you. Stir occasionally. Remove lid after 35 minutes, stir in lemon juice and let cool for about 10 minutes. Transfer to heatproof container and chill. Keep refrigerated.
This can be used on so many things - from toast, to beer bread, to oatmeal, to yogurt! It makes anything taste kind of like pumpkin pie. It is so yummy, you won't regret trying this tasty treat! It is perfect for this time of year. I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does.