Oh how I love this! When I was younger my sister's friend had a pear tree and their family would make pear butter every year. We'd always get a jar and it was so yummy.
I found this recipe online and love it. It fabulous in toast but also is great as a sauce (like applesauce). It's smooth and velvety on the tongue!
Vanilla Pear Butter
- About 15 medium Bartlett pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup water or apple juice
- 1 tsp lemon juice to prevent browning
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 vanilla bean (or 1 Tbsp real vanilla extract)
Add sugar and vanilla bean innards and return to heat. Cook on low, stirring often, until butter has reached desired consistency, or mounds on a spoon.
Fill 250ml sterilized jars, screw on lids and process in a boiling water for 10 minutes. Makes 5 to 7 jars.
Variation: substitute 1 cup of the sugar with a 1/2 cup of brown sugar and a 1/2 cup of maple syrup for a Maple Pear Butter.