I considered letting the pumpkin puree go for a while in the slow cooker. I know how much you guys like slow cooker recipes and I love to give you what you want, but this comes together so quickly and easily on the stove. There is no reason to lug out the slow cooker and then have to clean out that darn crock. Am I the only one that hates cleaning out the crock? Anyway, back to the matter at hand.
I made this batch in my 9" cast iron skillet for two reason. The first is I just love to use my cast iron. It is super versatile and it makes whatever I am making feel just that little bit more authentic. I don't know why. I just love the look and feel. I also love that the thick bottom and even heat distribution allows you to multitask with a little less concern of scorching and craziness. But really, you can use whatever skillet or pot you'd like. Just keep a closer eye on it if you are using a lighter weight pan.
Now I am not a canner, so it is not an issue for me, but they do say you should not can pumpkin butter. It isn't acidic enough to ensure food safety. You can however freeze it, my favorite way to "preserve" food. You can also just make it a pint at a time, store it in the fridge, and eat it up! I have a feeling you will find yourself finishing it in no time!
What are your favorite fruit butters and what are your favorite uses for them? I'd love to know!
Maple Pumpkin Butter
Makes just shy of 1 pint
15 oz can pumpkin puree (or 2 cups of homemade puree)
1/4-1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
dash each of cloves, nutmeg and allspice
- In a heavy bottomed pan (I used my 9" cast iron skillet), stir together ingredients starting with a quarter cup of the maple syrup.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the mixture has reduced in volume by about a third (or even by half if using homemade puree). The mixture should take on a rich brown color and should hold its shape when swirled with a spatula. Taste a bit and add more syrup if you'd like for it to be sweeter.
- Allow to cool then spoon into a clean jar.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to a couple of weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.
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