Try this pumpkin butter made from fresh pumpkin in your slow cooker. It makes a lovely hostess gift for Christmas or Thanksgiving.
This is a simple no-fuss preserve. It takes a long time to cook but very little time to prepare. Unlike traditional butters, you do not have to stand over it and stir all day. This is a wonderful way to use up the leftover Halloween jack-o-lantern.
Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter
5 lb pumpkin gutted and quartered
Quarter pumpkin. Remove 'guts', seeds, and stem (leave skin on). Place pumpkin and 2 cups water in your crock pot. Cook 4 hours on low.
Scoop pulp out of pumpkin skin. Mash with potato masher. Add sugar and spices to mashed pumpkin. Cook down 6-8 hours on low setting. Spoon into jars.
This recipe is made as a refrigerator butter. It is great on home made breads, or stirred into plain yougurt.
Add sugar and spices to taste. I prefer mace to nutmeg because it has a little more citrus aroma to it.
Prep time: 5 minutes to prepare; 8-10 hours to cook.
Recipe submitted by: Karen Collins