Overnight Pumpkin Butter

Overnight pumpkin butter (click through for recipe) Here's another easy gift idea. You could make a big batch of pumpkin butter, fill up a bunch of small jars, and hand them out as office gifts or a cute hostess gift at the next party you attend. Who doesn't love pumpkin butter?!Spicy pumpkin butterThere are all sorts of ways to make pumpkin butter. Maybe you already have a family recipe you prefer? I decided to try making my batch this year starting from whole pumpkins (rather than pumpkin puree in a can). I don't normally find myself scooping out pumpkin guts unless I'm about to carve pumpkins. So, even though this was a little extra work it turned out being kind of fun, since I may not get around to carving a pumpkin this year (gasp!). Pumpkin butter scratchOvernight Pumpkin Butter

2 small pumpkins (pie pumpkins) 
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves

First, using a good knife, cut open each pumpkin and scoop out the guts (seeds and those string-y things). Remove the outer rind and cut into small cubes.Overnight pumpkin butter (click through for recipe)  In a crock pot combine the fresh pumpkin cubes, sugar, apple juice, vanilla extract and spices. Give it all a good stir. Then set to cook on low for eight hours. I like to set it overnight, so I wake up to the awesome smell of pumpkin in my kitchen the next morning. Once the mixture is done cooking, the pumpkin pieces should be very soft. Use an immersion blender to puree the mixture (you could also do this in a food processor or blender).Overnight pumpkin butter (click through for recipe)You can add pumpkin butter to all kinds of different recipes. My personal favorite use simply to serve it on toast. :) Save unused pumpkin butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Enjoy! xo. Emma

Credits//Author and Photos by: Emma Chapman

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