The problem was knowing which recipe to tackle first.
I had seen a few of these pins on Pinterest and since I love apple butter, I thought pumpkin butter would be fun to try.
I pulled myself together though, which is no easy feat when pumpkin puree is erupting like Mt. Vesuvius from your stove top. I eventually just shoved a lid on top of the pot for the remainder of the time it cooked. Consider yourself warned.
The second important thing I need to share with you is that while I was waiting for the mixture to simmer for about 40 minutes (and after PumpkinGate 2011), I was scrolling through the comments section and discovered that canning pumpkin butter IS A BIG GIANT NO NO in the canning world. Once my frugal and thoughtful gift idea died a slow and painfully explosive death, I realized I'd be left with a lot of pumpkin butter. Pumpkin butter that must be stored fresh and eaten within approximately 5 days. Now I love pumpkin, but YIKES. In the end, I pawned several jars off on friends/family and put the rest in freezer jars that went right into my freezer. Crisis averted. Whew.
PS - in that mug is a latte I made with a homemade pumpkin spice syrup. Recipe HERE.
So the moral of this story is, when making pumpkin butter - don't double the recipe, be prepared to be scalded with explosive pumpkin puree, and be armed with a sponge and ready to wipe up splatters.
Also, to combat my epic canning failure with the pumpkin butter, I decided to make a batch of apple butter. (Which CAN be canned!) So many of you asked for the recipe on Facebook, so here is the information you need. I found it on my favorite FAVORITE blog, My Baking Addiction. The recipe is HERE, and it is amazing. Rich, sweet, and full of apple flavor. Your house will smell like a big apple pie. Make it. Now. It's a lot less dangerous than the pumpkin butter.
Crockpot Apple Butter: Printable Recipe
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