How to Roast a Pumpkin for Homemade Pumpkin Butter

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Homemade pumpkin butter recipe

Pumpkin butter has the ability to make just about anything you put it on taste like pumpkin pie. I’ll show you how to roast a pumpkin to make this delicious treat. Spread it on toast, on a bagel, or over a muffin. My kids love peanut butter and pumpkin butter sandwiches for lunch. Warm it up and drizzle it over vanilla ice cream, or add a spoonful to your morning latte. There are so many delicious ways to use this beautiful autumn treat.

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Instructions and recipe updated 11/20/22

When I set out to make pumpkin butter, every recipe I came across started with canned pumpkin. I figured that if I was going to go through the trouble of making my own pumpkin butter (trouble is really a relative term because this recipe is SO easy), that I could muster up the energy to roast a pumpkin, since I had purchased three little sugar pumpkins that were taking up space on my counter.

How to Roast a Pumpkin

Freshly roasted pumpkin is so wonderful and delicious. The flesh caramelizes ever so slightly to give it this rich, nutty flavor that is absolutely lacking in the canned version. It’s so easy to roast a pumpkin – and it takes only 30 minutes, which is just enough time to shower and dry my hair–I’m big into multi-tasking. Let it cool for a few minutes, then blitz it in your food processor (or using your handy stick blender), and you are ready to rock and roll. A 1 1/4 pound sugar (or pie) pumpkin yields about 2 cups of puree or about the same amount as a small can of pumpkin.

How to roast a pumpkin for pumpkin butter

Pumpkin butter is a thing of pure beauty. In fall, we put it on just about everything–pancakes, muffins, toast, bagels, in peanut butter sandwiches (the kids LOVE pb & pumpkin butter sandwiches), warmed and over vanilla ice cream, and in my coffee (who needs Starbucks when you can make a pumpkin latte at home?). Like some kind of culinary Midas Touch, it turns absolutely everything it touches into pumpkin pie.

Roast a pumpkin to make homemade pumpkin butter

If you make enough (and double the recipe or use smaller jars), you can give it as a hostess gift at one of those parties you’re always being invited to. It keeps for 3 weeks in the fridge, or 3 months in the freezer (make sure to leave plenty of room in top of the jar if you plan to freeze it). Your friends will love you forever and ever.

Package homemade pumpkin butter as a gift
Spread homemade pumpkin butter on toast

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Homemade Pumpkin Butter

How to Roast a Pumpkin to Make Homemade Pumpkin Butter

Alison Needham
Pumpkin butter has the ability to make just about anything you put it on taste like pumpkin pie. Spread it on toast, on a bagel, or over a muffin. My kids love peanut butter and pumpkin butter sandwiches for lunch. Warm it up and drizzle it over vanilla ice cream, or add a spoonful to your morning latte. There are so many delicious ways to use this beautiful autumn treat. Makes about 2 cups.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 10 mins
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Preserves
Cuisine American
Servings 32 servings
Calories 33 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Halve the pumpkin from top to bottom and scoop out the seeds and pulp. Set cut-side down on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with gluten-free cooking spray. Bake for 30 minutes, or until flesh is tender and pumpkin can be easily pierced with a knife. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Scoop out the flesh from the pumpkin and puree until smooth using a stick blender, blender, or food processor. If you are using canned pumpkin obviously skip the last two steps.
  • Add the pumpkin puree to a medium saucepan, along with the sugars, apple juice, maple syrup, spices and salt. Simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes. The mixture will be thick.
  • Pour pumpkin butter into sterilized jars and refrigerate. Use within 3 weeks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 33kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 0.4gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.03gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 20mgPotassium: 156mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 3618IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Gluten Free Pumpkin Butter Pie, Homemade Pumpkin Butter, How to Make Pumpkin Butter, How to Roast a Pumpkin for Pumpkin Butter, Roast a Pumpkin
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  1. I’ve been meaning to make pumpkin butter for weeks now. Your version looks awesome! And I love your blog… Can’t wait to go back through your archives 🙂

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