Monday, November 15, 2010

Pear Butter with Orange and Vanilla

Like its more well-known apple alternative, this pear butter has an almost creamy texture, smooth and spicy.  This version is flavored with orange and vanilla, but there are many different spins you could put on the same basic recipe.  Try this version or try changing up the flavoring with cardamom or fennel.  Regardless, it will be delicious on a warm buttermilk biscuit this winter.  
-4 lbs pears, cored and cut in chunks
-2 c sugar
-juice and grated zest of one orange
-1 tsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean
-1/4 tsp nutmeg

->  Put pears in a large pot with about one inch of water in the bottom.  Cook until pears are soft then put through a sieve or a food mill.  

Return to pot.  Add sugar, orange zest and juice, vanilla (or vanilla bean), and nutmeg.  Simmer over medium heat until thickened, stirring frequently.  Remove vanilla bean if using.  

Spoon into sterilized jars.  Remove air bubbles and seal with lids and rings.  Process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.  
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