I've really been looking forward to making apple butter. I've never done it before but I absolutely love the taste of it. I can't wait for fall so I can go and buy a huge basket of apples to use to make apple butter, apple pie, etc. But, it's not yet apple season so I've been looking for something else to make. Lately I've seen several posts on pear butter.
I wasn't sure if I'd like it as much as the apple butter, but this version of pear butter is clearly a winner. I put it on toast the morning after I ate it and it was delicious. Sweet and spicy with hints of vanilla this was certainly a surprising treat that I'll get to enjoy year round.
Pear Butter (adapted from Simply Recipes)
4-5 pounds pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
2 T. chopped fresh ginger
2 c. water
1 c. bottled lemon juice
3-4 c. sugar
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. nutmeg
2 t. vanilla, divided
1. In a large pot over medium high heat place the chopped pears and ginger. Add the water and lemon juice. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook for 20 minutes.
5. Remove the jars and let sit for 12 hours then check the seals. Store in a cool, dry place.
Makes 7 half pints of pear butter.