Wednesday, September 19, 2012

{Pear Butter Recipe}

Pear Recipe #3 - {Pear Butter}


 I absolutely love anything that reminds me of fall or the holidays. One of my favorite flavors and scents is cinnamon.  I use it quite often when I am baking. I even boil a mixture on my stove during the summer to make my house smell like cinnamon. 

When making this pear butter my house smelled so yummy! It made me want to break out the Christmas music (OK so maybe I did for just a few songs) and was hoping when I stepped outside it was 50 degrees. No such luck! When I stepped outside my thermostat still read 101 degrees and I instantly began to sweat. At least my house gave me the sense of fall in the air.

I remember my mom used to make pear butter growing up and I LOVED it. I was so excited when my recipe for pear butter turned out. I could just eat it out of the jar.  It is that good. I do love it on toast, biscuits, waffles and pancakes. 

PEAR BUTTER

20 Pears, Ripe, slightly soft
Lemon Juice from 1 whole lemon
1 ½ tsp. Ground Cinnamon
¼ tsp. Ground Cloves
2 TBS. Honey

(NOTE: if you don’t want a strong clove flavor reduce the amount you add to 1/8 tsp.)

Peel, and remove cores of all 20 pears. Using your food processor, blend until smooth. Pour into a LARGE stock pot. Add lemon juice, honey, ground cloves & ground cinnamon. Mix Well. Turn heat to medium. It will start to boil. Stir then turn the heat down so it is more of a simmer. It is going to splatter a lot so feel free to slightly cover the top. Don’t completely cover it because you want the steam to escape.  I used my steamer basket that came with the stock pot. I turned it over and used it like a lid. The holes at the top were perfect for the steam to escape.  I used it just until the pears thickened enough that the splattering stopped.

It will take about 1.5 to 2.5 hours to cook completely down to butter. Make sure you stir it every 10-15 minutes. You will know it is done when it gets really thick and starts to mound on your spoon as you stir.

Pour into glass mason jars. It makes about 2 pints. 

This is absolutely delicious on top of toast, biscuits, waffles and pancakes.

TIP: If you don't mind the butter not being as smooth you can leave the peels on the pears.  

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