(Isn't this gorgeous - compliments of Public Domain photos)
Morning Sweet Friends,
So how are ya today???
I feel like I am still trying to wake up for some reason!! lol
Hmmm.....Maybe I need breakfast......Be back in a bit!! lol
I'm back......and guess what I had for breakfast???
A peanut/pumpkin butter sandwich, they are really great!!
and go wonderfully well with a cup of coffee.
We are practicing Fall over here already!! lol
A few of you asked if I was gonna share the Pumpkin
Butter recipe, so I am here to say Yes, I am!!
I have made it with several different recipes, but
this year I found one that was made with agave
syrup instead of sugar, most pumpkin butter recipes
call for about 4 1/2 cups of sugar, course, I never use
that much myself, I usually use about 1 1/2 - 2 cups,
but still that is a lot of sugar..... but.agave syrup is like
a cross between honey and syrup, but the great thing
about the agave syrup is it has a low glycemic index,
and low glycemic load, which means it doesn't make
your blood sugar elevate like sugar does,
so decided to try it, and we loved it!!
So here goes!!
Recipe was from About.com
1 -15. oz. can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup agave syrup
(note: 1/2 cup agave vs 4 1/2 cups sugar)
(you can get it at the health food store but I actually
found it at Wally World in the syrup section)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
pinch of salt (didn't use that myself)
Below are my tweaks to the recipe, which are
of course, optional
1/4 slice of lemon or lime - squeeze all the juice
out of it right into the pumpkin mixture.
No seeds, of course
(I added this because it helps preserve it longer and
I like the lil zip it gives to the flavor)
Pumpkin Pie spice
(I added a few shakes of that as well for more flavor)
Combine the pumpkin and agave nectar in a small
saucepan over medium heat, mixing until well combined.
Stirring constantly, cook for about 10 minutes, or until
thickened. Stir in the spices, salt and lemon juice (if desired)
and cook for about 5 - 10 mins. more. Remove the pan
from heat, and transfer your pumpkin butter to a small
heat proof dish or jar.
Let cool completely before covering, then refrigerate.
Pumpkin butter will keep about 2-3 weeks in a covered
container in refrigerator.
Makes 2 cups
Stirring is crucial in this recipe to prevent burning your
pumpkin butter. If you must walk away, add a few
tablespoons of apple juice and turn down the stove
heat to medium low, still continuing to stir as you can
(add about 5-7 minutes additional cooking time if you
do this). This info came with the recipe so I wanted
to share it!!
if it were me, I would probably just remove it
from the burner a few mins, then pick up where
I left off, when I came back, especially if I
didn't have apple juice on hand. That is only if
it was for less than 10 mins. time. Also I used
my non stick cookware!!
Pumpkin butter is great on toast, on pumpkin
bread, or on top of pumpkin pie, or on top
of cheesecake (haven't tried that yet, just saw
it on another recipe as a suggestion for uses,
but will sure try it soon), and of course, you can
also make peanut/ pumpkin butter sandwiches.
Just make sure to use a natural peanut butter
with no hydrogenated oils, and a great whole
grain bread to keep it heart healthy.
We would highly recommend Arnolds
Oatnut bread, and Smuckers Natural Peanut
Butter, crunchy or smooth. It only has peanuts
My son taught me to store it upside down in the
pantry before you open it, because it has a lot of
oil, that way all the oil isn't on the top when you
open it and you can mix it in easier. Then it goes
in the fridge. Sometimes I do dump out some of
the oil before I mix it.
Just a note, there are some downsides to agave
nectar for some people, so it would probably be
good to read up on it a bit if you decided you
wanted to use it a lot, or even in this recipe.
This was one site I found.
Didn't know there was a downside before
I did this whole thing or probably just
would not have posted it, but they aren't
for everyone, so hope you can enjoy it!!
Well, Sweet folks
Hope you have a Agave Sweet Evening!!
Hugs N Blessings,