Homemade Pear Butter

Adapted from www.bakepedia.com
Makes: Makes about 1-¾ cups
  • 3 pounds pears, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup plus more if necessary
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (corn and alcohol free)
  1. Peel pears and cut into chunks
  2. Place the pears and water in a large, heavy pot. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer, cover and simmer until the pears are very soft, about 30 minutes. Puree in a blender and return to the pot.
  3. Add the maple syrup and salt and cook at a bare simmer, stirring once in a while to make sure the apple butter isn’t burning. Taste as it cooks. If it is too tart, stir in a little more maple syrup. If it is too sweet you can add a little unsweetened apple sauce to it. Continue to cook until the mixture is thick and dark, 2 to 2 ½ hours. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Transfer the apple butter to a glass jar or two and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

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