Did I mention that I love fall? This year, I tried a new recipe that I really like. It's for pumpkin butter, and it's super-easy.
2 sticks softened, unsalted butter
1/4 c. canned pumpkin
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice
Heat pumpkin in a small pan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until some of the water evaporates from it. (About 2 minutes.) Add pumpkin and spices to softened butter, combining well with a whisk or fork.
This is a recipe I ripped out of a Martha Stewart magazine long ago. (Hey, I don't care if she went to prison or not. The woman still makes a mean pastry crust, ok?)
Of course, I couldn't just make pumpkin butter, could I? Bless my little anal-retentive heart. I decided that, as long as I was making the butter, I was going to try preparing some MOLDED butter, using those silicone molds, and freezing it. Then, if I had dinner parties, company over the holidays, etc., I could whisk it out of the freezer for a special treat.
I went to this awesome site and bought two types of leaf molds. Then, I spread the softened butter into the leaf molds, froze them, and popped out gorgeous little "falling leaves" of pumpkin butter! They are sooo pretty! I wrapped them in saran and sealed them up in ziploc bags to store them in the freezer. They will be PERFECT for Thanksgiving dinner!!
In the meantime, I've been lavishly spreading the remainder of the pumpkin butter on cinnamon raisin toast in the mornings. YUM. With a cup of coffee and two slices of this stuff, I almost don't care that it's still 80 degrees outside.