Make your toast happy: Sweet pears and spices cook together for spreadable fruit. Pear Butter is also delicious on oatmeal, yogurt or ice cream.
Here’s a happy thought.
At 3:00 pm, you could throw a couple chopped pears (don’t bother to peel them) in the slow cooker; and at 6:00 pm, you could be spreading warm spiced Pear Butter on your bread – maybe to go alongside some soup for dinner. And for those three hours, your house will smell absolutely wonderful.
This Pear Butter in the Slow Cooker is really just three simple ingredients:
- Pears – Any variety like Anjou, Bartlett, even Asian pears
- Sweetener – I’ve used honey or brown sugar before. You only use 3 tablespoons in the whole recipe.
- Lemon or lime juice
- Ginger + lime juice + lime zest
- Nutmeg + vanilla + bourbon
- Cinnamon + cardamom + lemon zest
Pears are in season right now through late winter. In fact, December is even National Pear Month. In terms of nutrition, pears are pretty amazing:
- One medium pear provides 6 grams of fiber, which is about 24% of the Daily Value
- Pears are a good source of vitamin C.
- Pears also naturally contain phytonutrients and other antioxidants. These are mainly found in and just under the pretty colored skins of the different pear varieties. So eat the peel – as in this recipe.
- A medium-sized pear contains only 100 calories.
OK, not look at your clock – in 3-4 hours you could be making your toast happy by spreading on this Easy Pear Butter…Print
Easy Pear Butter in the Slow Cooker
In just about 3 hours, you can be spreading warm Easy Pear Butter on your toast. Talk about happy toast!
- Yield: 1 1/2 pints (3 cups)
- 3 pounds pears – see note below
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar or honey
- 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger (optional) – see note below
- 2 small pieces of lime or lemon peel – about 1-in square (optional)
Spray slow cooker lightly with cooking spray.
Do not peel the pears (peels add flavor and nutrition!) Cut into 3/4-inch to 1-inch chunks. Add to slow cooker along with 1/2-cup water, lime juice, brown sugar, ginger and lime peel.
Turn slow cooker on to HIGH and cook for 3-4 hours, stirring once every hour. Cook until pears are soft (time to reach soft texture will depend on the ripeness of your pears).
When soft, remove pears from liquid with a slotted spoon and place in a blender (or a bowl and use a stick/immersion blender). Puree until smooth. If the texture is just a bit too runny, cook on the stove to evaporate some liquid. (I did not have to do this, and my pear butter was still spreadable.)
You can use a mix of pear varieties. I used Bartlett, Anjou and Asian pears.
You could also use these spices: 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom, or 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon.
Pear butter freezes beautifully in glass jars – leave 1-inch headspace for pear butter to expand when freezing. Or freeze in zip-top plastic bags.
This recipe can be canned, but if canning, use bottled lemon juice as it has a standard acidity. Fresh lemons vary in acidity. If canning, I would double the recipe, as 3 half-pints isn’t worth the work to can! Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
Have you ever made fruit butter, like pear or apple butter? Did it make your toast happy? (: