Easy Pear Butter

November 4, 2013 by Ali

This stovetop pear butter recipe is a great way to use up leftover pears, and can be ready to go in just 1 hour!

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This past weekend was everything I love about Fall.

Long walks with friends in the crisp autumn air. Lazy mornings enjoyed at the coffee shop nextdoor. Days snuggled in cozy sweaters and fluffy slippers. Turning leaves everywhere on fire with color. Catching up on episodes of my favorite fall shows, and then watching a moving book club pick come to life in the theater with friends. Taking full advantage of Daylight Savings Time to sleep in an extra hour. Sunday morning worship and words.

And of course, in my opinion, all good weekends must include some quality time in the kitchen.

This particular weekend was all about the pears for me. Ever since my trip in October to visit Harry & David, I have been craving pears nonstop. And then somehow buying them nonstop. :)

So to use up a few leftover ripe pears this weekend, I decided to make a quick small batch of stovetop pear butter. It’s basically like apple butter — but with pears!

Easy Stovetop Pear Butter Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

This is no all-day, enormous batch, canning recipe though. Just an easy pear butter recipe that can be ready to go in 1 hour. It’s also naturally sweetened with honey, so you can feel good about generously layering a little extra onto your toast or muffin or wherever you may enjoy your pear butter.

Easy Stovetop Pear Butter Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

I’ll add it to my list of things I love about fall. It’s seasonal, full of yummy spices, and oh-so-comforting and sweet.


Easy Stovetop Pear Butter Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Easy Stovetop Pear Butter Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Easy Pear Butter

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: About 2 cups


  • 3 lbs. ripe pears, peeled, cored and diced
  • 3 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • pinch of groud nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cloves


Stir all ingredients together in a medium saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for about 50 minutes, covering so that the lid is slightly open, and stirring occasionally. Keep an eye on the mixture so that the bottom does not burn. Once it has reduced slightly and thickened, remove from heat and transfer to a food processor. Pulse until smooth. (Or you can skip this step and keep the pear butter chunky.)

Transfer to canning jars or a heat-proof container, seal, and refrigerate until ready to use. Keep for up to a week.

*If your pear butter is too thin, feel free to run the mixture through a strainer to remove extra liquid. Alternately, let the mixture simmer on the stove longer to reduce more.

Easy Stovetop Pear Butter Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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38 thoughts on “Easy Pear Butter

  1. Just made this and it is phenomenal! I kept some as a chutney and made the rest into more of a pear sauce than a pear butter due to the amount of fluid. Regardless, I am very happy with it! Thank you for the recipe:)

    - Keely

  2. Could this be frozen? I have a ton of pears and would love to make a big batch.

    - Lynn

    • I have successfully frozen sliced and boiled or blanched pears and apples for months at a time. Make sure you blanch them and cool prior to freezing so they do not turn brown and “icky”. This is especially good for making pies and pear or apple butter during the winter and spring long after you have harvested your pears/apples.

      - Serina Renta

  3. Received a gift of 2 boxes of very ripe pears today. I am so glad I found your butter recipe. It was super easy to make and made the house smell so good! Am looking forward to having it on pancakes in the morning.

    - Cheryl

  4. this was good but too much salt. try 1/8 teaspoon

    - Dixie

  5. I translated your recipe and used it in my blog. There’s a link to your blog in my post too.
    Hope it’s ok :)

    here’s the post http://garfolimpo.blogspot.pt/2013/11/receitas-que-vi-viu.html

    - vilma

  6. I just have to try this pear butter :) it sounds delightful!

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  7. lov to try those , i love pear

    - fardous

  8. I Have This Simmering On The Stove Right Now. Smells Great! Perfect Way To Use The Pears My Mother In Law Gave Me Before They Go Bad!

    - Chelsea

  9. Wow, this sounds amazing Ali! I tend to neglect pears in the fall, but you’ve inspired me to grab some next time I’m at the grocery store!

    - Tracey

  10. I’d never thought of making this before but it looks delicious! xx

    - Katie Brigstock

  11. This looks beautifully delicious! I’d been mulling over if pear butter would work so I’m so glad to see how well this turned out… definitely on my “to make” list.

    - Erin | The Emerging Foodie

  12. I’d love to spread this butter on homemade bread!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  13. I am wondering if you could process this in a water bath canner for 5 minutes-ish to preserve it. Would make a nice Christmas gift :)

    - Tami

  14. Love everything about this, especially the honey!

    - Gaby

  15. So pretty! I’ve made apple butter but now I want some of this too.

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  16. This looks so lovely to me right now, would love a jar!

    - Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

  17. Just bought a bag of bartlett pears today. I will be making this in a few hours.

    - J

  18. Love this pear butter! It is so simple, but so incredibly delicious.

    - Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

  19. Love me some pear butter! I have an easy crock pot recipe, too. Delish! Pretty post, lady! :)

    - Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer

  20. I love pears! This is perfect!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  21. Ooooohhh! So pretty. And I’ve never thought to use a pear as the base for butter! Love.

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  22. Looks so good, Ali!

    - JulieD

  23. Looks so good, Ali!

    - JulieD

  24. Ooooh, I’ve never made any kind of butter before but pear butter sounds too good to resist.

    - Rachel

  25. Pears are awesome but I just don’t cook with them enough!! I gotta change that :)

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

  26. This sounds amazing!! And it would make such a fun holiday gift!

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

  27. Oh yum! Does it matter what type of pears you use? Or are any preferential to others? Thanks!

    - Ashley

  28. What a perfect weekend Ali! Pears just don’t get enough love this time of year, and I completely adore them! So excited to see this recipe. Pinned and happening in my kitchen soon!

    - Erin | The Law Students Wife

  29. Absolutely love making fruit butter!

    - Paula - bell'alimento

  30. I always seem to have pears beyond eating stage. Good way to use them up!

    - Lori @ RecipeGirl

  31. Sounds like an awesome weekend, Ali! Glad you enjoyed it and very glad you made this pear butter! I looks so good!

    - Tieghan

  32. Loving all of the spices!! Asher has been loving apple and pumpkin butter but I’ve never tried pear butter – love that idea!

    - Liz @ The Lemon Bowl

  33. Love this, Ali! I can smell the warm spices and pear all the way from NC! :)

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective