When I was grocery shopping over the weekend, I hit the Fruit Butter jackpot.

Shelves of fruit butters: Fig Butter, Mango Butter, Pumpkin Butter, Honey Apple butter

First is Fig Butter.  I snapped up two jars.  My TJ’s had been out of it for the past few months even though a friend in NorCal told me her TJ’s had it in stock.  Fig growing season is shorter here in San Diego than it is in Nor Cal and fig butter is apparently harder to come by here.  How’s that for uber-regional distribution.

Shelf of Trader Joe's fig butter jars

And I always have mango butter on hand so picked up another jar of that.

Shelves of Mango and Pumpkin butter jars

Jar of Trader Joe's Mango Butter

And I picked up another jar of Pumpkin Butter.  Gotta get it before it’s gone for the season.

Jar of Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter

The only butter I didn’t pick up was the honey apple butter.  I’ve had it in the past but like mango butter, it’s always available at my TJ’s, so there was no pressure to hoard.

Jars of honey apple butter on the shelf

Now that I’ve got more fruit butters in my cupboards than should be legal, I better make something with them.

I don’t have to make anything “special” with them, of though.  Dipping my spoon into the jar is perfectly acceptable.  I mean, doesn’t everyone eat nut butter, jelly, jam, and fruit butter spreads straight out of the jar?  Ahem.

I am going to make a Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie with some pumpkin butter drizzled on top

Caramel Maple Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

That, or some Caramel Pumpkin Whip Dip with pumpkin butter either on top or in the mixture

Caramel Pumpkin Whip Dip with crackers

And for the fig butter I’d like to try to incorporate it into something like No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

And somehow I’d like to work Mango Butter into No Bake Mango & White Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites

No Bake Mango & White Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites on white plate

I could have a field day with my butters.  I better hurry up and make something before they get used in a more boring way like on bread and crackers, as fruit dips, or the spoon-in-jar technique.  Nothing wrong with that, though.

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1. Bundle up and take a walk outside! The leaves are beautiful here right now, and I’m taking full advantage of the not-so-freezing-cold weather while it lasts. 2. Enjoy the seasonal produce! I’ve been loving all the apples (ok, maybe just honeycrisp… it’s an obsession ;) ), perfect sweet potatoes, and pears right now.

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Questions:

1. Are you a jelly/jam, fruit preserves or fruit spread fan?

I am not really sure why they are called  fruit “butter” rather than jelly.  I surmise because they are not “clear” like jellies are.

In my book, fruit, pectin, and some sugar is jelly.  And if left chunky, it’s jam or preserves.

And yes, I am a fan of all of the above.

2. Have you ever tried fruit butters?  What kind? 

For those of you without access to a TJ’s, you can order these types of things online.  Google away.

I know Whole Foods has fig butter (I think it’s their 365 line) and I’m sure plenty other varieties, but I try to stay out of that store as much as possible.  Those aisles and rows of unique condiments from nut butters to fruit butters to exotic spices to new-to-me chips and crackers and dried fruit and energy bars and the list goes on so I just keep out.

3. Best thing you ate or did over the weekend?

I hope you had a good one.

I baked.  A lot.  BakeStravaganza indeed.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

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No Bake Peanut Butter Biscoff Cookie Dough Bites

 

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