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.
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