It was really hard to find a recipe that made the pumpkin puree from scratch. Not because I am a die hard make from scratch person but because we can't get canned pumpkin here. I know so sad at this time of the year. Since moving here 3yrs ago I decided my motto is "if I can't buy it here I will find a way to make it." I even made Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies recipe here .
Pumpkin Puree from Scratch It's really easy so don't feel intimidated by the ginormous pumpkin on your counter. You can do it!
1. Cut in half or fours and clean out guts.
2. Cut the pumpkin into chunks
3. Cook using one of the following ways:
Steam: Put water in saucepan just below the vegetable steamer basket. Place pumpkin cubes on veggie steamer. Steam for 10-15min. Just until tender. Remove the skin.
Roasting: Line a sheet pan with foil and place pumpkin chunks on it. Set oven at 400 ° oven
Roasted them until they were fork tender about 45-60min. Remove the skin.
4. Puree in blender until smooth!
1 (28-oz.) can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup apple juice
2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ground allspice
1cp granulated sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
1/2 cp caramel I bought mine but you can make it from Kraft Caramels (see below)
1) Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring often, for 30 minutes, or until mixture thickens. I cook mine until a spoon pulled through middle of mixture leaves a trail that does not close in upon itself. If you plan to use immediately, let cool to room temperature. Pack into storage containers and refrigerate for up to a month. Pumpkin butter can also be frozen for up to 6 months. Yield: 3 cups.
Kraft Caramel candy
Place caramel candy in a small sauce pan and depending how thick you want it just add milk. Start off with 3 tbl of milk and keep adding if you don't want it so thick. Stir over low heat until it melts. You can add a tbl spn of butter to keep it from scorching.
It taste fabulous over chocolate icecream or on toast!
Add more caramel if you want it sweeter.
Picture above from Closet Cooking
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