October 27, 2011

Slow-Cooker Pumpkin Butter - 1st grade's been cookin' again!


Well, 1st grade has been cooking again!  This time, as you've probably already figured out, we made pumpkin butter.  And, oh, was it ever good.

Our vocabulary unit this week was centered around the job of a chef, and included the words 'utensils' and 'ingredients' ... among other words, of course.  I just couldn't resist incorporating a hands-on cooking activity!  And it just so happened that we were also learning about the pumpkin growth life cycle ... ya know, pumpkins start as a seed, then grow into a sprout, which grows into a plant ... remember learning that kind of stuff?

Hmmmm, combine cooking vocabulary with pumpkins?  Could it get any easier??  I mean, really, no challenge at all.  I decided this slow-cooker pumpkin butter would be perfect!

So, my crockpot once again made the journey into school, along with a few other utensils and the ingredients to make this rich, flavorful pumpkin butter.  Then my little helpers and I set about whipping this up.

It's sooooooo easy.  Easy-sneezy, as we'd say in our class.

Put two cans of pumpkin into a slow-cooker and stir in a bunch (quite a big bunch!) of brown sugar ...

In goes the brown sugar

... and some cinnamon and ground cloves.  (Two of my boys did a fantastic job stirring this up.  They really got into it!  Notice the two-handed grips on that spoon??)

In go the spices

Cook it for a while until it's a gorgeous and rich dark brown color ...



... and then slather a big ol' dollop on a biscuit (or other mouth-delivery vehicle of your choice).  We tried it on biscuits and graham crackers, and decided as a class that we liked the biscuit best.  Oh, but rest assured, there was certainly a fair share of us eating it straight up with a spoon!  Fabulously delicious.



Pumpkin Butter
Source:  My nieces (They both made this, along with other recipes, when they were in 1st grade.  Their teacher then compiled a cook book for them that they still have ... so sweet.)

Ingredients
2 (15 oz.) cans 100% pure pumpkin (about 4 c.)
1 (16 oz.) box light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
Dash of salt


Directions
1. Combine all ingredients in a slow-cooker.  Cook on low heat for 3 to 4 hours.  Or, combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and cook over medium until the color is dark brown. 

2.  Serve warm or cold with graham crackers, chocolate graham crackers, or biscuits.    

Enjoy! 

(I bet it would also be great on toast, English muffins, bagels, or mild-flavored crackers.  Yum.)




This post is linked with Fat Camp Friday hosted by Mangoes and Chutney, Sweets for a Saturday hosted by Sweet As Sugar Cookies, Sweet Indulgences Sunday hosted by A Well-Seasoned Life, Savory Sunday hosted by The Sweet Details, Sundae Scoop hosted by I {heart} Naptime, Cure for the Common Monday hosted by Lines Across My Face, Sharing Sundays hosted by Everyday Sisters, Crazy Sweet Tuesday hosted by Crazy for Crust, Tasy Tuesday hosted by For the Love of Blogs, Tea Party Tuesday hosted by Sweetology, Tuesday Talent Show hosted by Chef in Training, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday hosted by Blessed with Grace, Wow Me Wednesday hosted by Polka Dots on Parade, Cast Party Wednesday hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain, These Chicks Cooked hosted by This Chick Cooks, It's a Keeper Thursday hosted by It's a Keeper, Sharing Sunday hosted by Everyday Sisters, Foodie Friday hosted by Designs by Gollum, This Week's Cravings hosted by Mom's Crazy Cooking, Countdown to 2012 - Best Crockpot Recipes of 2011 hosted by Finding Joy in My Kitchen, Slow Cooker Thursday.

13 comments:

  1. wow, I had no idea pumpkin butter was so easy to make.

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  2. That looks awesome! I must try it, I'll probably eat myself sick with the stuff! Pumpkin-anything is one of my favorite holiday treats!

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  3. I used to love cooking with my students so I am so happy to see you making such good things with them. This looks yummy! I am a new follower from the Sundae Scoop. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  4. Awesome. I've never heard of pumpkin butter..until now! Thanks for linking up!

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  5. This sounds soooo easy - - I cannot wait to try it! Found you on Savory Sundays and I am now following you! :)
    Carla :)
    Mrs. No-No Knows
    PS You know I pinned this to my Pinterest board, right?? ...just so I don't "lose" the recipe :)

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  6. Stopping by from FTLOB, this looks sooooo yummy, I am going to have to try it! Thanks so much for sharing! BJ

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  7. What a great recipe to make with your first graders! I'll have to save it for my daughter to help with. She's in first grade now and they made crockpot applesauce. Yum! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday. :)

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  8. this is FANTASTIC! I have wanted a good recipe for this...your photos are amazing. Thx for sharing!!!

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  9. What could be easier or more delicious?? Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. My dad would freak out if I made this for him. Looks wonderful!

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  11. You're keeping those kids busy! Is this considered differentiated instruction? I know they're having a good time. My first-grader would be. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  12. That sounds wonderful! I'm going to try it with sweet potato puree....hopefully it will work well!

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  13. LOVE this. i have the perfect pie bar for it... :)

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