I love pumpkin flavor, but I’m picky pumpkin flavor fan. Pumpkin flavored recipes have to be the very best to meet my tough standards. I first made this easy pumpkin butter recipe over twenty years ago and it was love at first spoonful. Trust me, I’m a tough grader. Knowing that, I can tell you that I give this apple pumpkin butter recipe an A+++. And as a bonus, it’s easy to make (but we don’t have to tell anyone that!).
I have a confession. I don’t like fall. To be accurate, I would like fall just fine if it didn’t mean that winter is right around the corner. So while I dread the cooler weather every fall, I do get excited about all the amazing pumpkin recipes that can raise my spirits. Pumpkin flavored recipes are the ultimate comfort food for me this time of year.
Benefits of pumpkins
- High in vitamin A, which is good for your eyesight
- High in carotenoids and beta-carotene, which are also good for your eyes
- High in beta-carotene, which may help prevent cancer
- High in vitamin C, which can help boost your immune system
- High in fiber, which is good for digestion and to help you feel full
Pumpkin butter is perfect for breakfast or as a snack. I often eat it for both breakfast and an afternoon snack in the same day. It tastes great on:
- Toast and English muffins
- Pound Cake
- Animal Crackers
- Graham Crackers
- Apple Slices
Or you can enjoy it by the spoonful like I do. I won’t tell on you.
The recipe is easy to make, but it does take 1 1/2 hours to simmer, so you need to plan time to make it. I often put this pumpkin butter recipe on the stove to cook when I’m doing other chores in the kitchen so that I can stir it often (and not forget to keep stirring it). While it does take a bit of time for all the flavors to simmer together, it is well worth the wait.
- 1 15 oz Can of 100% Pure Pumpkin
- 1 Medium Apple, Peeled
- 1 Cup Apple Juice
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 3/4 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Place pumpkin in a large heavy-duty saucepan. Grate the peeled apple into the pan. Add apple juice, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well.
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring well occasionally for 1 1/2 hours.
- Store in refrigerator in an air-tight container.
- Use a large saucepan to reduce splattering on the cooktop.