Caramel Pear Butter

Caramel Pear Butter

If you have ever wanted to jazz up your morning toast or oatmeal – this is the spread for you.  It’s silky smooth and completely decadent – almost sexy if that’s possible for a fruit butter!  I also enjoy this on oatmeal pancakes/waffles (see here for a recipe) and on English Muffin Bread (see here).  You  won’t be disappointed with this one – it’s fantastic!  The recipe comes from Bon Appetit Magazine.

Caramel Pear Butter

1/4 cup apple juice

6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

7 pounds ripe Bartlett pears

3 cups (packed) golden brown sugar

1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

3/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

Combine apple juice and 4  tablespoons lemon juice in heavy large deep pot. Peel, core, and cut pears, 1 at  a time, into 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces; mix pears into juice mixture in pot as  soon as pears are cut, to prevent browning. Cook over medium heat until pears  release enough juice for mixture to boil, stirring frequently, about 16 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until pears are very tender,  stirring frequently, about 20 minutes (mixture will splatter). Remove pot from  heat. Press pear mixture through fine plate of food mill into large bowl. Return  pear puree to same pot. Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice, brown sugar, nutmeg, and  3/4 teaspoon coarse salt. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar  dissolves. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until pear butter  thickens and is reduced to 8 cups, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent scorching, about 1 hour.

Ladle pear butter into 8  hot clean 1/2-pint glass canning jars, leaving 1/4-inch space at top of jars.  Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar threads and rims with clean damp cloth. Cover with  hot lids; apply screw bands. Process jars in pot of boiling water 10 minutes.  Cool completely. Store in cool dark place up to 1 year.

Do you enjoy canning?  If  so, what is your favorite thing to make?  If not, why?  I’d love to hear from you!

You might also enjoy:

Simple Baked Apple Butter


16 thoughts on “Caramel Pear Butter

  1. Hi Stephanie. Great blog! I just subscribed and look forward to trying many of these yummy-looking recipes. My son (6) is looking over my shoulder and demanding that we make the caramel pear butter, so we’ll be stopping at the market today!

  2. Sounds wonderful. We have a local food source for Bartlett pears, so now I will just have to wait for the season.

  3. I never know what to do with pears, as I don’t like them raw, and there are only so many pear cakes one can bake….this is astonishing, I must try it! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Oh my word, this sounds delicious! Thank you for liking a post of mine! X (

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