MMmmm, my apartment smells divine right now :) The culprit? This spread I've had cooking all day! I had already tried Pumpkin Apple Butter, but figured why not incorporate all the goodness I've got in my kitchen right now! Enter: apple, pear, butternut squash (the pumpkin came from a can)
Fall Harvest Butter
Recipe by Shannon
1 can pumpkin puree
1 apple, peeled and chopped (normally I would've left the skin on, but it looked like an old man... so it wasn't going in!)
1 pear, chopped
bulb end of a butternut squash
1c unsweetened apple juice
1/4c agave nectar
heaping 1T honey
cinnamon stick (or ground cinn)
cardamom, ground ginger, freshly grated nutmeg (I think I used ~1/4t of each)
Cut the bulb end of a butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place on dish and microwave for 5min. Once cooled, scoop out the flesh and roughly chop. Put all ingredients in a slow cooker, and cook until desired consistency. Don't forget to remove the cinnamon stick before digging in!!
I wanted mine a bit chunky, so I kept the apple and pear roughly chopped. For a smoother spread, you could grate the apple, pear, and butternut squash. The spices could also be adjusted for your own tastes, as could the sweetener (I almost used maple syrup instead of the honey). I cooked mine on low for 4.5hrs, then another 1.5hrs on high. Another fantastic addition... dried cranberries!!! I didn't think of this until after, but I might have to incorporate it when I top off an english muffin :)
I couldn't resist making it part of my dinner on top of some yogurt...
Have a great night everyone!!