The holidays are upon us and with all the parties and dinners coming up it's nice to have some hostess gifts on hand that are special or unique. This delicious Spiced Pumpkin Butter is a fantastic homemade goodie that is a welcome gift, just perfect for the season. Pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, maple - these are just some of the flavors that all meld together to create the perfect spicy-sweet spread for biscuits and toast or even in oatmeal or over pancakes.
Place your Spiced Pumpkin Butter in these easy to store freezer jars and top with a cute label. The Spiced Pumpkin Butter lasts around a week in the fridge and for 6 months in the freezer. Just make sure to keep some for yourself - Santa might even prefer this over cookies! Here is how you can make your own.
You can find the entire recipe here. I followed the recipe as given but added a little less that 1/4 tsp. of cardamom and 1 tsp. of vanilla extract to my pumpkin butter for a little extra flavor. In a 4 or 5 quart pan, mix together the canned pumpkin, maple syrup, apple juice, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, (less than 1/4 tsp. of cardamom if desired) and salt.
Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to medium high and continue to cook for around 25 minutes or until mixture thickens. Try to keep stirring the mixture to keep it from spattering or sticking to the bottom of the pan. When the mixture is finished cooking, remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp. of vanilla if using and set aside to cool.
When pumpkin butter has cooled, ladle into individual freezer jars leaving a quarter inch gap at the top before placing the lids. Add a cute label and ribbon for gift giving. Pumpkin butter will last one week in the fridge and 6 months in the freezer.