Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Pumpkin Butter by Virginia Jane's Flavorful Edibles

I'm so pleased to have a guest post today from Brooklyn baker and taste-maker Virginia Lawther, creator of Virginia Jane's Flavorful Edibles. Virginia makes a stellar pumpkin butter that I keep on hand to top french toast at brunch. Today she's sharing her secrets with us so you can whip up some of your own for yourself, your guests or as a gift.

Virginia Jane's Flavorful Edibles Pumpkin Butter
by Virginia Lawther

Pumpkin butter is an excellent and inexpensive hostess gift that can be prepared quickly and kept on hand. Pumpkin butter is not your average fruit butter and is delicious in oatmeal, yogurt, or toast. It also complements well with jam, jelly, or peanut butter. The butter itself can be kept in any type of sealed jar, such as a canning jar or hermetic jar. It's very important that the finished butter be refrigerated; it cannot be kept on a pantry shelf. Even if you are familiar with home canning, still follow this guideline; the acidity level of pumpkin is too low for safe home preservation. The pumpkin butter will stay safe to eat for 6 months in refrigeration from the day it was made.

Virginia Jane's Flavorful Edibles Pumpkin Butter Recipe (Will yield five 6-ounce jars):

  • 1 can (29-ounce) canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Combine pumpkin, sugar, apple cider and spices in a large pot, heavy-bottomed if possible. Turn heat to medium and stir until sugar dissolves and spices blend. Increase heat and cook until mixture comes to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 30 minutes continuing to stir until thickened. Transfer to clean containers and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

You can safely double or triple this recipe without damaging the flavor. For a bargain on jars in bulk, Fillmore Container has terrific prices on all different sizes of jars. The Container Store also has an excellent selection of hermetic jars.

Finish this simple gift with some cloth around the top and a rubber band, closed in by ribbon. Ribbon and cloth won't be affected by refrigeration! The whole ensemble can be ready to go! You may want to make a simple tag with ingredients and suggestions for how your recipient can enjoy it, be sure to include an expiration date.

You can find Virginia Jane's Flavorful Edibles online via Facebook.


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