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If you knew how easy to was to make your own nut butter, you would never buy a jar of it again. Just whizz it up in your food processor and you have fresh nut butter on tap. The best thing about it is, you can create so many different flavour combinations. This Maple Cinnamon Pecan Butter is one of our favourites and a must for autumn.
Hello October! It’s my favourite time of the year – comfy clothes, hot drinks, snuggley evenings in front of the TV, hearty stews, scarves and hats, crispy leaves and all things Cinnamon. Cinnamon just screams autumn to me and maple and cinnamon are best foodie friends.
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You better believe that we have some epic autumnal recipes coming up over the next 6 weeks (and then we enter all things Christmas – sorry, not sorry). As we sit hear in our new house, looking out the window at the trees starting to turn shades of orange and red, it is giving us so much inspiration for all things warming and comforting. And nothing says comfort food more than nut butter – especially when it is bursting with autumn flavours like this one.
There is a lot of love out there for peanut and almond butter, and cashew butter is starting to get a look in now too. But what about pecan butter? That deserves some major love too! Pecans are probably the most delicious nut and they are a favourite in our house. You can’t leave a bag of pecans round Dave for too long, as he will devour them, and that’s exactly what happened when I made this Maple Cinnamon Pecan Butter.
Now, in all honestly, you might not be able to whip up a batch of this right away. To be able to make your own homemade nut butter, you need something very important – a high powered food processor. A cheap slow one just isn’t going to cut it, I’m afraid. If you don’t have a powerful food processor, trying to turn nuts in to a butter is just going to burn the motor out and leave you will a crumbly mess. That means no nut butter and a broken food processor. Nobody wants that.
A high powered and excellent quality food processor is a kitchen must in our opinion and luckily Domu provide a couple of fantastic options that are great value for money too. We recently tested out the VonShef 750W Food Processor and it was perfect for making nut butter. With this food processor you can chop, mix, grate, shred, slice, make dough, blend and liquidise ingredients in one. It comes with a 1.8 litre capacity blending jar which is perfect for making large quantities of soup and smoothies. The large 2 litre mixing bowl has an extra-wide chute so you can process a large quantity of ingredients at once. There is even a citrus juicing attachment.
The twin speed settings make processing your ingredients really easy and the pulse function gives you complete control over blending and chopping – meaning you can get the exact consistency you require. The high quality blades and fittings are made from stainless steel and, as they are all detachable, they are easy to clean and are dishwasher safe. Everything about the processor has been designed with the user in mind and is therefore perfect for a multitude of uses. From the super sharp chopping blades to the non-slip feet, this food processor is now an integral part of our food preparation.
If you love to make everything from fresh at home, like your own sauces, pastes, dressings etc, then a food processor is a must and I haven’t found anything that this one can’t handle. It is taking pride of place in our new kitchen and it was one of the first things we unpacked. I told you it was an essential.
You have to have faith when it comes to making nut butter. At the start, you will think that the powdery clump in your food processor will never turn in to deliciously smooth nut butter. But it will! You will need to scape the sides down a few times, but then it just all of a sudden comes together. Unless you start to smell burning and your food processor can’t hack it. Then it’s time to admit defeat and get an upgrade. But if you have a high powdered food processor like the VonShef 750W Food Processor, then just wait and watch this come together.
This will store well in a jar for a couple of weeks. If you do manage to keep the leftovers for that long, you are stronger people than us. How can it last that long when there are so many delicious ways to use it! Spread on toast or crumpets, a big dollop on your oats or add some to your smoothie for a protein boost. You have been warned though: go near a jar of this with just a spoon and an empty belly and it will result in an empty jar. This stuff is legitimately moorish.
Maple Cinnamon Pecan Butter
- 200 g Pecans
- 6 tbsp Maple syrup
- 2 tbsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Put the pecans in to the food processor and start to blend them up. At first they will turn in to small chunks, and then in to a powder. After a whilst, the powder will start to clump together and then it will slowly turn in to a butter.
- This process will take around 10-15 minutes and you will need to stop it a few times to scrape the sides down and make sure it is all getting mixed up. Once the butter is nice and smooth, add the rest of the ingredients and pulse for a couple of seconds.
- Scrape out of the food processor and it to a jar.
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