My cousin's cousin bought mini pumpkins for kids to carve and had some left over. I told her they were sugar or pie pumpkins and she could cook with them. She had no patience for such things so she gave them to me. :)
I baked one into a Pumpkin Pie with Chai Spices and turned the other into pumpkin butter.
Pumpkin butter, like apple butter, actually like all jams, is made by simmering the ingredients with spices and sugar until thickened to your liking. I cheated and microwaved the pumpkin to cook and soften it faster, then baked it for the roasted flavor.
You can enjoy the pumpkin butter spread on toast, or use it as a filling like I did for Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cranberry/Pumpkin Butter/Walnut Filling and Maple Icing.
For an 8 oz jar, you'll need:
1 cup pumpkin, cubed
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
Remove the rind and seeds from the pumpkin. Wash and cut it into 1-inch cubes.
Microwave the pumpkin for about 5 minutes for the pumpkin to soften. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes since this is only 1 cup, roast for longer if you have more pumpkin.
Puree. Then add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup apple juice, 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp ground cloves.
Simmer on stove top on medium-low for half an hour or until thickened to your liking.
Store in jars in the refrigerator. My pumpkin butter lasted for a few months.
Spread on toast and enjoy with afternoon tea.
My other pumpkin dishes:
Baked Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin) with Brown Sugar and Butter
Chicken Pot Pie with Pumpkin and Cilantro Biscuits
Ginataang Kalabasa at Sitaw (Filipino Pumpkin and Long Beans in Coconut Milk)
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cranberry/Pumpkin Butter/Walnut Filling and Maple Icing
Pumpkin Curry and Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Pie with Chai Spices
Pumpkin Ravioli with Browned Butter Sage Sauce
Thai Red Curry with Roast Duck, Bamboo Shoots, Eggplant, and Pumpkin
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