Pear: Pear Butter by Linda in MO

posted by Linda in MO 08-29-101 10:31 AM

* Exported from MasterCook *
Pear Butter
Recipe By :the Northwest Pear Bureau
Serving Size : 0 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Spreads, Canning, Low-Fat
Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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4 pounds ripe pears -- preferably Northwest Bartletts -- peeled, cored, and cut to 1-inch chunks
5 cups apple cider
2 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon powdered clove
2 tablespoons vanilla extract (optional)

Bring cider to boil over high heat. Cook until reduced to 2-1/2 cups, or half. Add pear chunks and cook until fruit is soft and translucent, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a food processor. Puree until mixture is smooth.

Wash original pan, or use another. Add fruit puree, brown sugar, spices, and stir to dissolve. Bring mix to a simmer, stirring frequently to avoid scorching. Cook until very thick, 30 minutes or more. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature. Add optional vanilla if using it. (Taste at this point; you may not want to add it.)

Put pear butter into clean sterilized canning jars, seal with canning lids and rings. Process according to jar manufacturer's directions or in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Always be sure to use ripe pears.

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