Pecan Maple Butter {like pecan pie in a jar only better}

Pecan Maple Butter in a Jar

Don’t say I didn’t warn you from the outset. This stuff is addictive! I keep dreaming up of all the wonderful things I can top with this amazing sweet nut butter but the truth is, it’s just delicious right out of the jar! I like to refrigerate mine for a firmer texture.

PECAN MAPLE BUTTER {like pecan pie in a jar only better}

Ingredients:
½ cup of ghee or clarified butter (see notes)
1 cup of pure maple syrup (not the fake stuff)
½ tsp of salt
1 tsp of vanilla essence
1 lb of raw pecans

Instructions:
You will need a large heavy bottomed skillet (or pan if you don’t have a skillet)
Add all the ingredients to the skillet, turn on the heat to medium and stir everything together
Soon, the ghee will melt and the pecans will get coated in the maple syrup, salt and ghee mixture
Keep stirring continuously, careful that the pecans don’t burn
The maple syrup will evaporate and the pecans will develop a nice caramel color (about 2 to 3 minutes)
I like my pecans to be nice and crunchy but not burnt
Add ¼ cup extra of maple syrup if you feel the pecans are drying out too much
When the pecans have turned a nice caramel color spread them out onto a sheet of parchment paper to cool
Reserve 1 cup of the caramelized pecans
Put the rest onto a food processor and process for about a minute until you obtain the consistency of crunchy peanut butter
Add the remaining pecans and pulse gently to chop them up but leaving enough crunchy peaces in the butter
Pour into a clean jar and let the nut butter settle for a few hours, preferably a day
Refrigerate or keep in a dark cupboard
It will last a few of weeks refrigerated

Notes:
I’m a huge fan of ghee! Also known as clarified butter.
Ghee is made by removing the milk solids from butter, leaving only the clear fat.
It has a nice buttery taste and without the risk of the milk solids in regular butter that burn.
It is also ideal for those who are lactose intolerant.

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