Okay, so, a couple of weeks ago I had this brilliant idea to create a recipe for chocolate pumpkin butter. That just sounds like it should be good, right? I did a little searching and there are practically no recipes for it out there, at least not for what I was envisioning in my head. (Side note: I should have taken that fact as a warning but, alas, I plowed on.)
Anna and I created the recipe together other day and were feeling pretty good about our butter. It had the texture I was looking for and it was nice and chocolatey. We tasted it quickly and saved it for Halloween morning. I got up early today, made waffles and broke out the special chocolate pumpkin butter. AND…here is how breakfast went down.
Anna: “It’s good!” (She proceeded to eat all of the pumpkin butter on her plate.)
Cate: “I can’t decide what I think of it.” (Cate would never say anything bad about anyone or anything, so I think we can all guess what she really meant.)
Owen: He didn’t say anything but he didn’t have to. He left the pumpkin butter untouched on his plate and ate the waffles plain.
Nate walked into the room about halfway through breakfast and asked how the pumpkin butter was. I actually enjoyed it on my waffle and, as I started to tell Nate that I though it was pretty good but that next time I would use water instead of apple juice for the liquid, Owen piped in with a very loud, very clear, very spirited “YUCKY!”
Nate took one bite and said, “I have to admit, I do not like this at all.”
And THAT is how my special Halloween concoction turned from treat to trick.
Okay, seriously, I liked the chocolate pumpkin butter on my waffle. Anna liked it, too. But we were the only ones in the family who did. So, I’ll share the recipe with you but please know that you will probably think it is “yucky.”
Trick or treat!!!
- ¼ cup water (I used apple juice and that was a bad choice, stick with water!)
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 pinches salt
- 1 15-ounce can pumpkin
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Melt chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir well until all chips are melted. Set aside.
- Add all the rest of the ingredients to a small sauce pan and heat over medium-high heat. As it starts to simmer, it will actually start sputtering a lot, so make sure you are constantly stirring. Let it cook for about 5 minutes. It should be steaming throughout this process.
- Remove from heat then stir in the chocolate.
- Store in refrigerator.