Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fall Harvest Butter

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!!

18 comments:

eatingbender said...

Oooh sounds great!! Thanks for the recipe :o) I love the Dracula bear!!

Esi said...

Love love love your fall mix of flavors. YUM!!

Meg said...

Love your little bat friend. Awesome recipe...great job!

just me said...

sounds great and i love the batty!

VeggieGirl said...

HOLY YUM!!! And super-adorable bear ;0)

Erin of Care to Eat said...

Out of control! I must make this! Shannon did you also go to culinary school?!?!

Erica said...

This sounds so good! Oh my gosh! I looked for the cin chips today and couldn't find them :( bummer!

magpie said...

I love all of those butters individually - this sounds so amazing. YUM.

wholefoodswholeme said...

so creative, so fantastic!! you are a culinary genius.

loveofoats.com said...

love the bear hehe :)

Sharon said...

Wow, thanks for the awesome recipe!
And I love your little bat friend too! So adorable!

You're definitely in the Halloween spirit of things! Cheers!

Cate said...

Sounds soo perfect!

Meg said...

There is an award for you on my blog!

balance, joy and food! said...

pumpkin butter rocks!!!!! everyone is making it, I'd better follow the trend. ^_^

Erica said...

Thank you! I will check out the website and let you know. I was telling Josh how awesome you are!

Meghann said...

Look at you being all creative! That looks great.

I want to thank you again for the fabulous cookies :) They were a huge tailgating hit and an interesting conversation starter. :

Para i familiaku said...

wow, looks so delicious

Erica said...

You totally helped me pick my BSI with your awesome pear recipes ! I hope you submit one of them- they look fab!

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