This simple sweet potato butter combines all your favorite flavors – brown sugar, spices and apples, in a spread so good you’ll want to eat it with a spoon!
When you think of butter, sweet potatoes probably don’t come to mind. But in all honesty, Sweet Potato Butter might just be better than regular butter.
And I’m a HUGE fan of regular butter …
This Sweet Potato Butter is a deliciously creamy, deep, flavorful, and rich mixture of brown sugar, spices, and sweet potatoes. It’s delicious served on fresh sourdough bread, homemade English muffins, popovers, or eaten straight out of the jar with a spoon.
Sweet Potato Butter
Typical butter is made with room temperature heavy cream that’s whipped until it turns into butter. This butter is a bit of a change – it’s made with pureed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, cinnamon, ground ginger, and apple brandy.
I love using my homemade apple brandy for this. But if you aren’t up for making your own apple brandy, then feel free to sub apple juice or apple cider. Brown sugar adds a rich, deep flavor – but if all you have is light brown sugar, you can use that instead.
You can completely customize this sweet potato butter to suit your own tastes. Some other variations could include:
- addition of ground cloves, nutmeg or a bit of pumpkin pie spice
- instead of brown sugar, opt for maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar
- apple cider or apple juice instead of apple brandy
- or, opt for bourbon to give it an even more unique flavor
If you are a huge fan of sweet potatoes, even southern sweet potatoes, this sweet potato butter will truly hit the spot. So much, in fact, that your kid might just find you hiding in a dark closet with a jar of this butter and a spoon.
Looking for more sweet potato recipes, then you’ll want to bookmark these others as well:
- Sweet Potato Sea Salt Dinner Rolls
- Chocolate & Sweet Potato Donuts
- Sweet Potato Spice Bread
- Tostadas with Sweet Potatoes
- Hatch Green Chile Sweet Potato Cornbread
- Maple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Bread
Not only are sweet potatoes absolutely delicious, they are SUPER versatile in the kitchen (as you can see, above!)
Great great gift idea
One of my favorite things to do, all year long, is to make canned foods – butters, jam jelly, soaps and salves. The best kind of gifts are those made with the hands.
Whip up your favorite handmade gifts and share with your fellow church, or gift to friends and family for birthdays or the holidays.
How many sweet potatoes?
Making this butter requires 3 C. of cooked, pureed sweet potatoes (about 2 really large sweet potatoes!) If you don’t have pureed sweet potatoes handy, then peel and boil your sweet potatoes for 20-25 minutes, drain, then puree.
Can I use a crock pot?
You definitely can! Instead of adding the ingredients to the stove top, combine in a crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours. I would suggest venting the lid to allow the steam to escape and the butter to get rid of liquid (making it a bit thicker!)
Sweet Potato Butter
- half pint or jelly jars, lids and rings
- 3 C mashed, pureed sweet potatoes
- 1/2 C dark brown sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1.5 C apple brandy or substitute apple juice
- Add all of the ingredients to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Simmer for 20 minutes - mixture will blurb more than simmer (keep a lid vented on the saucepan to allow steam to escape). If you don't have a vented lid, you will have pumpkin butter everywhere!)
- Jar - between half pint jars (4), or stretch even further to jelly jars (8). Refrigerate. Consume within 7-10 days.
- Add 1/4 tsp of ground clove and/or nutmeg, or even pumpkin pie spice.
- Light brown sugar can be used in lieu of dark brown sugar.
- Homemade apple brandy will yield a richer flavor; if that is not available, feel free to use apple juice or apple cider.
Love this recipe? You might want to try any of these:
- Cherry Tomato Confit
- Prickly Pear Jelly
- Lavender Jelly
- Brandied Apple Jam
- Old Fashioned Grape Jam
- Spicy Red Pepper Jam
- Tomato Basil Jam
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