When fall is upon us, there’s one spread that I always reach for first: my pumpkin honey butter.
At any given point in the year, you can always find pumpkin puree in my cabinet of staples. Why? Because I buy the canned version at the grocery and make my own in such quantities that it’s always lingering, hanging out in eager anticipation of fall. This is deliberate. For me, fall hasn’t truly ignited around me until I have my first taste of pumpkin for the year.
That taste is often ushered to my lips long before I make my first loaf of spiced pumpkin bread or have my first latte spiced with beloved finer, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s when I grab butter, pumpkin, and honey, make this simple yet richly flavored bread, and slather it on the first thing I can get my hands on. This flavored butter is my toast to fall’s beginning.
It’s easy to make and goes wonderfully on virtually anything. I love it on my Sunday Morning Pancakes combined with maple syrup or on fresh-from-the-oven bread. I love to spread some on my brown butter banana nut bread or carrot walnut bread to add a distinctive hint of fall flavor, too. I’ll find any excuse to add this spread to what I happen to be munching on.
My husband will emphatically against honey butter, but this spread is one he adores. The effect that comes when pumpkin and spices are combined create a whole new dimension of flavors that do more than just sweeten the butter.
This is a simple recipe but one that I had to share. It’s an important part of fall in my home, and I hope it will be in yours as well. With less than 10 minutes required to make this spread a success, why not?
Pumpkin Honey Butter
Makes approximately one cup
- Two sticks salted butter
- Two tablespoons pumpkin puree
- Three tablespoons honey
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- Ensure that your butter is at room temperature. Remove it from the refrigerator and allow to sit for approximately 30 minutes before using.
- In a small dish, combine pumpkin and pumpkin spice. Using a spoon, combine well. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine butter and honey. Mix well, mashing the butter.
- Once the honey and butter are well combined, add the spiced pumpkin mixture. Mix well. There will likely be chunks of pumpkin through the butter. That’s OK. The objective is to distribute throughout, not create a uniform mixture.
- Place in a sealed container in the refrigerator to allow to chill. Serve after cooled.