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Apple and Pear Butter

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 4 hr 0 min
  • Ingredients 8
  • Servings 64
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Ingredients

8
apples, peeled and chopped
8
ripe pears, peeled and chopped
1/2
cup raw honey
4
cups apple cider
1/2
teaspoon salt
3
tablespoons lemon juice
1/2
teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2
teaspoon ground clove

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
36.9
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0.1g
0%
Saturated Fat
0.0g
0%
Sodium
18.9mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
9.9g
3%
Dietary Fiber
1.4g
6%
Sugars
7.5g
Protein
0.2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
4.40%
4%
Calcium
0.40%
0%
Iron
0.50%
0%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information for this recipe is estimated using a leading nutrition calculation application, but is an estimate only.  Actual nutrition values will vary based on the exact ingredients or brands you may use.

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Expert Tips

A delicious way to enjoy this product is to spread some brown rice crackers with peanut butter, and then add this butter on top.

You can make this butter using only apples or only pears if you prefer. You can also try a different version, sweetening it with maple syrup instead.

Directions

  • 1 Preheat the oven to 275°F.
  • 2 Put the apples, pears, honey, apple cider, and salt in a pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes, partially covered.
  • 3 Process the apple and pear mixture in a blender, carefully and in batches so you don’t burn yourself.
  • 4 Add the lemon juice and spices, and mix well. Transfer to a large baking pan (about 13 x 9 inches).
  • 5 Bake for 3 – 3 1/2 hours, stirring well every 30 minutes, until it acquires a deep golden brown color, and has thickened quite a bit.
  • 6 Let it cool completely, and then transfer to gift jars.
  • 7 Keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.

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!

Rate and Comment

Morena Escardo Morena Escardo
September 9, 2015

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!