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Christmas Butter or Christmas Jam
One of the best parts of the holidays is all the baking and delicious smells that go along with that! If someone says Christmas, I immediately think of spices, oranges, cookies…you get the idea! So why not make everything good and yummy smelling into a delicious spread? Today, we have Christmas Butter or Christmas Jam!
The best part of this tasty treat is its multi-functional qualities. For starters, simmering a pot of these ingredients will make your house smell like the inside of Mrs. Clause’ living room! Perfect to put on if you are expecting some company! Secondly, it turns into butter/jam. And last but not least, you can use the leftover pot to brew up a steaming cup of apple cider! More on that later.
The prep work on this is super easy…just some quick slicing and dump it all into the pot! Quick note…if you use essential oils to spice your recipe, make sure you are getting good quality oils that are approved for dietary use! I use these. While I was stirring the mixture around in the pot, I was smashing the oranges and cranberries to really activate the juices. Plus this is a really good reason why you need to stand over the pot and get the full fragrant experience! I was in my little happy place! Make sure you remove the oranges and cinnamon sticks before you blend! Also, depending on your food processor or blender, you may need the mixture to completely cool down before attempting to blend…you have been warned!
The Super Food Sneak
Everything going into your butter or jam, is all natural ingredients and no preservatives! While this means you don’t want to keep it forever, it will retain more of its nutritional value being fresh! Let’s not forget about the emotional and mental benefits of smelling something delicious!
Now for the super fun part…the apple cider! The left over oranges, cinnamon stick, and traces of the other ingredients work perfectly to heat up and spice a couple mugs of apple cider! Depending on how much apple juice you add will depend on how long to leave it simmering for. Just go by taste.
What To Do With It
Last, we need to talk about what to do once you have your jar of Christmas Butter or Christmas Jam! Obviously it goes fantastic on toast! It can also be used on cookies, in smoothies, on oatmeal or porridge, the list goes on! Whichever way you choose to enjoy your jar, I hope it reminds you of everything festive!
Christmas Butter or Christmas Jam
- 1 cup cranberries (raw or frozen)
- 1 whole honeycrisp apple sliced and cored
- 1 whole orange sliced with peel on
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder
- 1 drop clove essential oil can use clove powder (about 1 teaspoon)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 splash vanilla
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Add all ingredients except chia seeds to a small pot on turn on low.
Stir everything around in the pot so it doesn't burn.
Start to mash the cranberries and the oranges to really get the juices flowing.
Let the mixture simmer, while stirring frequently for about 20 minutes.
Once the ingredients are soft and juicy, pull off heat and let set until cool enough to put in a blender or food processor. (Wait time varies depending on your brand of appliance.)
Dump everything that is in the pot, except the oranges and cinnamon stick, into the blender and add the chia seeds. Blend on high until well combined.
Spoon out your butter/jam into a small jar and refrigerate.
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