Slow Cooker Pear Butter Recipe

Slow Cooker Pear Butter Recipe
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Slow Cooker Pear Butter Recipe

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This is a tasty spread for toast, muffins, biscuits or any of your favorite breads. It is easy to make and has a rich pear flavor with hints of cinnamon, star anise and lemon. —Geraldine Saucier, Albuquerque, New Mexico
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:
48 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 4-5 star anise points (about 1/2 whole)
  • 5 pounds pears, peeled and chopped (about 12 cups)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

Directions

Place spices on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose spices; tie securely with string. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, toss remaining ingredients. Add spice bag, covering with pears.
Cook, covered, on low until pears are tender, 5-6 hours. Remove spice bag.
Puree pear mixture using an immersion blender. Or, cool slightly and puree mixture in a blender in batches; return to slow cooker.
Cook, uncovered, on high until mixture is thickened to desired consistency, 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. Store cooled pear butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled pear butter in freezer containers up to 3 months. To use, thaw in refrigerator.
Yield: 6 cups.


Test Kitchen Tips
  • For an intense licorice flavor, use whole star anise.
  • Liquids expand as they freeze, so leave extra room at the top of the freezer container.
  • To turn this into a pear sauce, which is thinner than spreadable pear butter, cook for a shorter time after pureeing.
  • Originally published as Slow Cooker Pear Butter in Simple & Delicious October/November 2017

    Nutritional Facts

    2 tablespoons: 41 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 0 protein.

    • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
    • 4-5 star anise points (about 1/2 whole)
    • 5 pounds pears, peeled and chopped (about 12 cups)
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
    1. Place spices on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose spices; tie securely with string. In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, toss remaining ingredients. Add spice bag, covering with pears.
    2. Cook, covered, on low until pears are tender, 5-6 hours. Remove spice bag.
    3. Puree pear mixture using an immersion blender. Or, cool slightly and puree mixture in a blender in batches; return to slow cooker.
    4. Cook, uncovered, on high until mixture is thickened to desired consistency, 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. Store cooled pear butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 1 week.
      Freeze option: Freeze cooled pear butter in freezer containers up to 3 months. To use, thaw in refrigerator.
      Yield: 6 cups.


    Test Kitchen Tips
  • For an intense licorice flavor, use whole star anise.
  • Liquids expand as they freeze, so leave extra room at the top of the freezer container.
  • To turn this into a pear sauce, which is thinner than spreadable pear butter, cook for a shorter time after pureeing.
  • Originally published as Slow Cooker Pear Butter in Simple & Delicious October/November 2017

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