Pumpkin Butter

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a good week so far. Mine has been busy but good.

Yesterday I stopped by Costco after work and picked up my new glasses!

I’m so excited to have these because my old ones were purchased in 2007. They were severely scratched and so loose that they would fall off every time I so much as hiccuped. These ones fit well and with the scratch-free lenses I feel like I have a new prescription!

Today has been good as well – the trees are bursting into October colors everywhere I look.

But now, down to business. It is officially pumpkin week on this blog, and today’s recipe is Pumpkin Butter.

When I posted about pumpkin oatmeal last week, my friend commented that she was thinking about adding pumpkin butter from Trader Joe’s to her oatmeal. I had never heard of such a thing so I headed over there to pick some up for myself.

I followed her example and added a dollop to my regular oatmeal and it was totally transformed! This is also good mixed with greek yogurt, and I’m sure there are so many other options.

While looking at the jar I noticed that the ingredients were very simple. You can see from the photo how short the list is.

I decided it would be a fun experiment to try to make this and share it on the blog in case any of you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood.

I used a recipe from Smitten Kitchen. The process was so simple! The butter turned out really well too – it wasn’t quite as smooth as the original, but the flavor was spicy, intense, and very similar.

I didn’t change anything, so I’ll send you straight over to Smitten Kitchen for the recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/10/pumpkin-butter-and-pepita-granola/. I hope you find some way to get your hands on this stuff!

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  • http://thedemuremuse.com katrina of thedemuremuse.com

    first thing’s first: your glasses look great! I didn’t even know you wore glasses… i guess both times we met up you were wearing contacts?

    secondly: oh my. that pumpkin butter sounds soooooo yummy!

    • http://www.jessienextdoor.com/ Jessie

      Thanks Katrina! I do wear contacts and hardly ever wore my old glasses because they were so scratched and loose…that can change now :)

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