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Cranberry Apple Butter

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter from theviewfromgreatisland.com

This healthy, no-sugar Cranberry Apple Butter is a pure, gorgeous fruit spread that perks up toast, biscuits, muffins, and scones — you can even mix it into yogurt, or bake with it.   Even better, you make it right in the crock pot! You’ve probably had apple butter before, it’s such a fall staple.  And I’m sure you know that there’s no butter in it at all, just fresh apples that have been cooked down and pureed into a thick…

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Bourbon Banana Butter

Bourbon Banana Butter

Bourbon Banana Butter, it’s the stuff of your wildest B&B fantasies — silky, rich, and a little bit decadent — let’s just say mornings are about to get a whole lot more interesting. This is my favorite kind of stuff to share — something neither of us probably even knew existed, but turns out to be fantabulous.  Banana butter is definitely unusual, but, when you think about it for a minute, it makes perfect sense.  Every other fruit has been…

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Clementine Jam

Easy no-pectin Clementine Jam

Clementine Jam has a unique, brilliantly fresh flavor that plays well with all kinds of toast, croissants, scones, and biscuits.  It’s not a marmalade because there’s no bitter peel involved, it’s a thick no-pectin jam bursting with sunny citrus that takes just 30 minutes on the stove. Who wouldn’t want this bright jam waking up their morning toast?  It’s unusual, too, so I think it would make a nice last minute holiday gift.  You’ll need 3 pounds of clementines, (they’re…

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Crock Pot Pumpkin Butter

Golden pumpkin butter made easy in the crockpot

Fruit butters (yes, pumpkin is technically a fruit) are the luxurious cousins of jams and jellies, and they’re even easier to make.  For a butter, fruit is first cooked, then pureed, and then cooked down further to a paste consistency, without the use of pectins.  You can’t beat their silky texture, or the flavor that is developed as the puree reduces down.  Butters are generally lower in sugar than most preserves, and you can customize the type and amount of…

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Habanero Nectarine Jam

habanero nectarine jam cooling

Nectarines…a food doesn’t get a name like that for nothing.  The flavor of nectarines is nothing short of transcendent.  It conjures up the food of the gods, the raw material for honey, the sweetest, most delectable taste imaginable.  Nectarines don’t disappoint. The Washington State Fruit Commission sent me a shipment of gorgeous nectarines last week, and I’m returning the favor by sharing a delicious, and a little unexpected, way to keep the nectarine party going all year long.  Their site,…

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Peach Butter

peaches

You’ll kick yourself if you don’t make a big batch of silky Peach Butter before the peaches are all gone for the year!  This is sheer heaven on a piece of toast, a warm biscuit, or just by the spoonful! If you’ve ever had apple butter, you’ll know what to expect from Peach Butter.  Fruit butters are like thicker, smoother and silkier versions of jams.  They get their distinctive consistency because the fruit is cooked, then pureed, and then cooked…

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3-Minute No Sugar Microwave Jam

3 Minute Microwave Jam | The View From Great Island 4

I was noodling around in the kitchen the other day with berries and the microwave.  I was trying to develop a microwave berry crisp when I accidentally discovered this amazing jam.  I guess technically I didn’t discover it, because when I Googled it, there were plenty of others who got there first.  BUT it is new to me, and maybe to you too! …

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Minimal Monday: Crock Pot Cranberry Butter

Crock Pot Cranberry Butter is an impossibly silky, tangy fruit butter that is made right in the crock pot ~ you’ll want to slather it on toast, scones, biscuits, muffins, turkey sandwiches ~ and so much more! This zingy cranberry butter has the most amazing crimson color and silky texture.  While normally fruit butters are a time consuming project with a lot of stove side babysitting involved, in this recipe I’ve let the crock pot do all the work of…

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French Apple Jam

This unique French Apple Jam is easy to make, has a gorgeous golden color, a fresh apple flavor, a chunky texture, and a surprise hint of spice from the cardamom. This fabulous jam is worlds away from apple pie filling.  It’s so delicious and versatile that I’m surprised you don’t see it more often.  This is a small batch, with just a handful of apples, and the quick process won’t overwhelm your kitchen or take all afternoon.  I got two…

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