I looked out at one of our pear trees and noticed the Evil Fruit Eating Crows were back. UGH! This means that I have to pick the pears NOW or I won’t have any left within the next few days.
And now I have a mud room full of pears! Which means a crock pot pear butter recipe for you.
What to use fruit butter for? Add to oatmeal instead of sugar, use on toast and rolls, use it is a topping for waffles and pancakes. Or a thoughtful hostess gift with some homemade bread.
Crock Pot Pear or Apple Butter Recipe
NOTE: To peel or not to peel your fruit for butter recipes? If you peel them the butter will be smoother and more creamy. Leaving the skin on will give them a slightly grainy mouth feel (like creamed honey). Your call!
Great recipe for when you will be in and out of the house. Works for a large sized crock pot.
- Core and cut up 5 pounds of apples or pears. Peeling optional
- Put all in a large crock pot with 2 cups water and 2 cups brown sugar
- OPTIONAL: here are spice options if you so desire –
- For apple butter – ½ teaspoon nutmeg and 1 cinnamon stick
- For pear butter – ½ teaspoon ground ginger, ½ teaspoon nutmeg and 2 star anise
- Cook on high setting for about 5 hours or until fruit is soft and turning brown
- Take the fruit and run it through a blender until smooth and return to crock pot. Better yet, if you have an immersion blender just stick it on the crock pot. Make sure you remove the star anise or cinnamon if you used them
- Continue to cook the fruit butter on high UNCOVERED for 3+ hours. You are letting it condense and darken.
- It is the right consistency when you take out a spoonful and plop it on top and it basically sticks there (instead of being instantly absorbed into the liquid)
- Either can or put into Tupperware and pop into your freezer. The fruit butter will continue to firm up over the next few days