Monday, October 19, 2009

Autumn Harvest Butter

This simple recipe combines some of the best flavors of fall: pumpkin and apple. The recipe I originally made used freshly baked, mashed pie pumpkin, but you can also use the 100% pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!). The jar on the right is the pumpkin butter; the two smaller jars are spicy pineapple core relish.

The best part about this recipe is how fast and simple it is to make. How long you'll need to cook it will depend on whether your applesauce is very thick and how thick you like your pumpkin butter. I used homemade applesauce made from Macintosh apples the first time, but the second time, I just used store bought unsweetend applesauce.


Autumn Harvest Butter

15 ounces 100% pure pumpkin puree
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch cardamom
1 tablespoon lime juice

Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently, and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes, or until mixture is sufficiently thick (this will depend on your personal preference).


  1. Hey....thanks for stopping by. And I have never seen a butter like this...with pumpkin. But I can tell it would be good...yummers!

  2. I can't get enough of these fall recipes!! I've bought pre-made pumpkin butter, but never tried making it myself. Hooray for it being so easy! Thanks for sharing this one.

  3. This is super easy and it cans well too. If you decide to go the canning it route, you'll make about a quart sized jar with--but it doubles well, too.

    Boil it for approximately 20 minutes in canning jars, following all the usual canning techniques.

  4. Hi Nikki,
    Thanks for this recipe! The fall season hosts my favorite flavors and mixing apple and pumpkin is a great idea. I'm going to try this on some whole grain toast for a quick breakfast on my busy mornings. If you are looking for more harvest flavors, we have an array of Pumpkin recipes on our site this week in honor of Halloween. Check it out: