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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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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49 thoughts on “Easy Pear Butter

  1. This was fantastic! Thank you so much for this recipe. My Mom and I made a double batch and water bath canned it afterward in half pint jars. It made 8 cups, so we may not have reduced it as much as you did. I love that it only uses a little honey. The pear flavor really shines through. I used half the amount of ground clove because I don’t love clove and fruit. I might add a touch more ginger next time. I did not find it too salty. I used coarse ground Himalayan sea salt. One question, regarding the measurement of the pears; is it 3 lbs of pears measured before peeling, coring, etc, or after? We measured after.

    - Leilani

  2. My partner and I made 3 batches of this over the weekend. It is phenomenal! We have many pears left on the trees, so will definitely make more of this again this week. Thank you for the simple (and SUGAR FREE) recipe! As an aside, we canned this in a water bath canner and it worked beautifully. Again, many thanks.

    - Karla Adams

  3. MY FAMILY IS DOWN TO TWO AGAIN AND I HAVE TO COOK DIFFERNT. UNLESS I GET A GREAT DEAL ON PRODUCE I USUALLY BUY IT DAILY. I WASTE NOTHINGGGGGGG.I HAD SEARCHED FOR A RECIPE FOR PEAR BUTTER AND NONE OF THEM WERE EASY
    TO READ AND WERE NOT ATTRACTIVE WHEN I SAW YOURS I SAID “THANK YOU LORD” IT IS SO PLAIN AND SIMPLE.I DIDN’T HAVE BUT 3 PEARS LEFT BUT I LIKE TO MAKE SMALL BATCHES OF JAMS,JELLIES AND PRESERVES. I PUT UP RED ONION MARMALDE TO EAT WITH MEATS.I LIKE TO GIVE SOMETHING THAT I PUT UP TO PEOPLE FOR CHRISTMAS.I HAD JUST PRINTED SOME OF YOUR RECIPES ON PINTEREST. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

    - JOYCE HOLSTON

  4. How is this butter? It’s pear puree

    - jamlover

  5. Hey Ali, Hope Summer went well;)) Was looking at ur Pear Butter recipe. Had ton’s of Pears this year;/ i’m going to try it out;)) anymore ideas would be awesome!! Thanks again~

    - melody;)

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

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

    - Dixie

  10. 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

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

    - Nutmeg Nanny

  12. lov to try those , i love pear

    - fardous

  13. 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

  14. 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

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

    - Katie Brigstock

  16. 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

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

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  18. 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

  19. Love everything about this, especially the honey!

    - Gaby

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

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

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

    - Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles

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

    - J

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

    - Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

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

    - Sandy @ Reluctant Entertainer

  25. I love pears! This is perfect!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

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

    - Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

  27. Looks so good, Ali!

    - JulieD

  28. Looks so good, Ali!

    - JulieD

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

    - Rachel

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

    - Gerry @ Foodness Gracious

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

    - Marie @ Little Kitchie

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

    - Ashley

  33. 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

  34. Absolutely love making fruit butter!

    - Paula - bell'alimento

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

    - Lori @ RecipeGirl

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

    - Tieghan

  37. 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

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

    - Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective