Make your toast happy: make easy pear butter in the slow cooker! Sweet pears and spices cook down together for spreadable fruit. Pear Butter is also delicious on oatmeal, yogurt or ice cream.
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.