Make Ahead

ButternutĀ Butter

October 24, 2010
Author Notes

I have been wanting to make pumpkin butter for awhile - but I started doing some reading and found that the dream crushers at the FDA recommend against canning it because of acidity and safety or whatever blah blah blah. So I have basically been sulking instead. Well, time to push the big lip back in, get over it, and make butter out of butternuts!! You can't can it though - so stick it in the fridge. After you have some on muffins, french toast, biscuits, you get the idea ... - aargersi —aargersi

Test Kitchen Notes

This is a wonderful seasonal spread for toast or scones. Full of warm spices and lots of caramel flavor, aargersi's recipe has just the right amount of complexity. Don't worry about preserving it, it's so delicious it will be gobbled up before it goes bad. - Stephanie —The Editors

  • Serves many
  • 1 large butternut squash, mine was 3.8 pounds
  • 1 bottle dark sweetish beer - I used a local microbrew Oktoberfest
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon mace
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • fresh ground nutmeg - I think around 1/4 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
In This Recipe
  1. peel and seed the squash and cut it into hunks. Put it in a large pan with the beer and both sugars. Bring it to a boil, then turn it down, add the spices and lemon juice and simmer until the squash is very tender, about 30 minutes or so. Stir it now and again.
  2. Once the squash is really soft, turn off the heat and add the maple syrup. Use an immersion blender to blend it to a smooth puree. Now turn the heat back on low and simmer it for another 15-20 minutes, stirring often. Leave a lid on half cocked as it will burp and blurp and throw squash everywhere.
  3. Once the puree is really thick, turn the heat back off. Back at it with the immersion blender and this time keep at it until your mixture is smooth as silk. Scrape down the sides while you are blending. It will look, to be honest, somewhat like baby food. That's all there is to it!
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I work in databases by day, but creativity is my outlet. Food - imagining it, making it, sharing it. And art, I come from a family of artists and have been collaging in my garage studio. You can see my work on Etsy in my shop AbbiesGarage