Homemade Spiced Pear Butter

Spiced Pear ButterI’m a big fan of apple butter, so when I had a box of pears that needed to be used up quickly, pear butter kept coming to mind.  I looked up some recipes and then mixed, matched, and tweaked until I had a recipe I was happy with.  I have never made apple OR pear butter before and I was a bit skeptical at first.  But when I smelled that pot of yummyness bubbling on my stove I knew I had a winner!!

First peel and cut up 8 pounds of pears.  This was about 16 medium sized pears.

Spiced Pear ButterAdd just enough water to cover the bottom of the pan to keep them from sticking. About 1/2 a cup.  Cook on medium heat until they are soft, about 30 minutes.

Pear ButterLet the soft pears cool off a bit and then blend until you have a smooth consistency.  You could use a stick blender or a regular blender.

Pear Butter 1When you have a nice smooth “pear sauce” add the sugar, orange zest, nutmeg, orange juice, and almond extract.  Cook on medium heat until it reaches your desired thickness, stir often so it doesn’t stick to the pan.  It will take about an hour.  I let it cool then ladled it into clean pint size mason jars and put them in the freezer.

To can it: Ladle hot pear butter into sterile jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace.  Seal with lids and rings.  Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes to seal.   This made a little over 4 pints.  The recipe could easily be doubled or cut in half.

Spiced Pear Butter 2NOTE:  This recipe uses about half the amount of sugar that all the other recipes for pear butter call for.  It was PLENTY sweet for us but you could add more if you like.  The only thing I will do differently next time is cook it for longer, I would prefer it to be a bit thicker.

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11 thoughts on “Homemade Spiced Pear Butter

  1. Yum, your pear butter looks delicious! 🙂
    I have made pear butter in years past but this year, I went for spiced pear jam. I usually make my apple and pear butters in the slow cooker, works really well.

  2. I am not a huge fan of pears because I don’t like the gritty consistency, but I do LOVE pear butter. Seems the consistency boils down or something. I am going to put up some apples in a few days, so maybe I will buy some pears too. Thanks for the recipe.

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  3. hmmm…..it sounds interesting. We love apple butter as long as it is nicely spiced– I once bought some that had no spices in it. It was horribly bland!

    Thanks for sharing on A Humble Bumble’s Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop.
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

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