Apple-Pear Butter
Recipe from The Food Channel

Tangy-sweet apples and ripe orchard pears are slow-simmered until thick and bubbling-hot. Flavored with apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, this easy-to-prepare variation on traditional apple butter will be a hit with everyone.


Apple-Pear Butter

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Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
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Ingredients
  • 6   
    ripe pears (about 4 lbs.)
  • 6   
    fresh apples (about 2 lbs.)
  • 4   cups 
    apple cider
  • 2   cups 
    dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1   tablespoon 
    ground cinnamon
  • 2   teaspoons 
    ground ginger
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    ground nutmeg
  • 1/2  teaspoon 
    ground cloves
  • 2   teaspoons 
    fresh lemon juice
Directions
1.
Quarter the fruit (do not peel) and core. Dice into large chunks. Place the fruit and apple cider in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, for 30 to 40 minutes, or until fruit is very soft when pierced with a knife.
2.
Remove the pan from heat; add brown sugar, spices and lemon juice and stir to blend.
3.
Puree mixture until very smooth in food processor fitted with a steel blade.
4.
Return the mixture to the saucepan; simmer over low heat, stirring frequently, for 15 to 30 minutes, or until thickened to desired consistency.
5.
Cool. Pour into jars, cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 30 days.
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