A few years ago my mom had a neighbor, Sharon, who loved preparing a homemade apple butter and giving it as a Christmas present to family and friends. I was one of the lucky ones who got this lovely gift one year, which was beautifully packaged in a mason jar with a colorful label. When I asked for the secret recipe (how could I not ask for the secret recipe?!), she generously shared it with me, but asked me not to spread it around.
I loved Sharon’s apple butter, but what I liked even more was all the work that went into the prepara-tion of this homemade gift. When asked to create a value gift idea for Qué Rica Vida a few weeks ago, this gift was the first that came to mind.
Since I promised Sharon I wouldn’t share her family’s recipe, which has been passed down through the generations, I created my own apple butter with the addition of pears. Now that I don’t eat sugar, having this butter over rice crackers with peanut butter has been a delicious, sweet treat. I hope you enjoy making it, eating it, and sharing it as a gift as much as I do!