Fall is in the air, and with that brings Fall produce. Pumpkins, apples, pears, squash; all are showing up on grocery store shelves at affordable prices. So, I took this opportunity to make some pear butter. I've had apple butter before and really wanted to try making my own pear butter. I was able to find a 2 Litre basket of pears at a really good price, so brought one home. My original intention was to make a pear tart, but I kept putting it off and my pears kept getting more and more ripe. So, I peeled and chopped them and threw them in a pot, and turned them into pear butter.
I kept this recipe simple, because I wanted to wonderful flavour of the pear to shine through. A touch of lime zest and juice, for tartness and nice warm vanilla; are all this delicious pear butter needs. You can't even taste the lime that much; all you get is sweet pears with a nice vanilla undertone. So far we've used the pear butter on crackers, with cream cheese, on scones and on English muffins. Super easy, and oh so delicious!!
Small Batch Pear Butterprintable version
2 Litres (a little over 4 lbs) pears, peeled and chopped
1 C sugar
zest of 1 lime
juice of 1 lime
1/4 tsp salt
1 vanilla bean, cut in half length wise
Place pears into a medium heavy bottomed sauce pan; over medium heat. Add in sugar, salt, lime zest and juice. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean and add seeds and bean to the pot as well. Stir to combine and to melt the sugar. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture comes up to a boil. Reduce heat to very low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture reduces and becomes quite thick; about 1-2 hrs. Remove vanilla bean and puree with an immersion blender; until smooth. Pour hot pears into sterilized half pint canning jars and place lids. Let cool on counter, to seal jars.
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