Pear Butter Recipe

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Recipes.net Team Published: June 21, 2021 Modified: September 8, 2021
Pear Butter Recipe

This crockpot pear butter recipe makes a delicious smooth as butter spread, but fat-free. And, boy, do they look dainty in gift-worthy glass jars! It tastes great as a spread on a slice of artisan bread toast or drizzled on top of our savory chicken and waffles.

Tips on Making Pear Butter

Here are some tips to help you create a delightfully sweet with an earthy kick pear fruit butter to slather on your favorite toasts: 

  • Use ripe fresh pears. Since pears ripen from the inside out, a ripe pear could feel firm but is actually tender enough inside to eat. To check, feel the area near the stem. If it slightly gives in when pushed back, the pear is ripe. 
  • If you don’t have an immersion blender, use a potato masher and fork to mash the pears. Then, pass them through a sieve to obtain pear puree.
  • If the pears are sweet enough, you might not need to add sugar anymore. However, as a healthier alternative for sugar, you can use honey, agave, stevia, or maple syrup.
  • You could use cinnamon sticks and ground cinnamon interchangeably. A 3-inch cinnamon stick is equivalent to half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, so use 2 sticks for this recipe.
  • Add other aromatics to this basic recipe. You can flavor your fruit butter with vanilla beans, orange peels, or star anise and cardamom for an earthy spiced pear.
  • The homemade fruit butter lasts for a week in the fridge and for up to six months in the freezer. Store it in a sealed plastic container or in cans.

Looking for other pear recipes? Try making our pear crisp or our diabetic-friendly poached pears for dessert.

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How To Make Pear Butter

This easy crockpot pear butter is lusciously smooth with just the right hint of fall spices from the ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It’s best smeared on a buttered toast.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 8 hrs
Total: 8 hrs 10 mins
Makes:
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Ingredients

  • 2 lb green pears, any of your choice, preferably Anjou or Bartlett, peeled, cored, & grated
  • 1 lb red apples, any of your choice, preferably Mcintosh or Gala, peeled, cored, & grated
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. Transfer all your ingredients into a crockpot and mix thoroughly until combined. Do not worry if your fruits oxidize.

  2. Cover, then cook on High for 4 hours.

  3. After 4 hours, check your pear butter. If it still appears to be similar to grated fruits, set aside the cinnamon stick and puree the mixture via a food processor or blender until smooth. Skip this step if your pear butter has completely broken down.

  4. If you pureed your mixture, return the mixture back to the crockpot and the cinnamon stick. Continue cooking on High for another 4 hours, uncovered, until liquids have completely evaporated and the mixture thickens.

  5. Discard the cinnamon stick and transfer these onto containers for future use. You can use this as a sandwich or cracker spread, ice cream or frozen yogurt topping, a base for smoothie, or even served together with waffles or pancakes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between pear jam and pear butter?

Pear jam is a sweeter, thicker, chunkier spread made with sugar and pectin. Pear butter is pureed fruit and some spices cooked down to thicken. Fruit butters have a smooth butter-like consistency.

Why is my pear butter gritty?

The gritty texture in pears is caused by stone cells. The more mature the pears are, the more stone cells they develop. The stone cells are completely safe to eat, but not the most appetizing. You can avoid gritty pears when you buy them by picking the ones that are underripe. Let them ripen on the countertop or in the fruit basket. Wrapping them in a paper bag speeds up the ripening process.

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Conclusion

All it takes is just a bunch of fresh pears and spices and the help of a crockpot for a wondrous pear butter result. Enjoy the fresh fruity flavor of pears all year round with this delicious crock pot pear butter recipe.

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