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It's perfect. It's pear. I can't believe it's not butter. More like a fruit spread - or a glaze for fowl and pork!

Simple to make and kid's are insane about it, you can obtain pears easily this time of year, which makes preserving a special Autumn treat because we will have Perfect Pear Butter all year long for toast, muffins, scones, hot cereals, pancakes, pork, chicken, duck, pheasant - and yes, it is versatile - dessert topping!

I am posting a small recipe because, although we do grow pears and put up many pints and quarts, most folks won't be canning 10 kilo batches. Don't be afraid. A small amount of effort yields a fabulous result that will bring joy to the hearts and mouths of diners, young and old.

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Servings: 1 quart


  • 12 Bartlett pears, (firm is fine, a little ripe will yield more pronounced aromatics) peeled, quartered and cored
  • 2 C honey (raw is very good - but you can substitute sugar)
  • 1/4 C fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest, minced
  • 1/4 grated nutmeg
  • water to cover the bottom of the sauce pan to prevent scorching. You will be evaporating the liquid away


  1. Prepare the pears and place the quarted fruit in the pan with just enough water to prevent scorching
  2. Bring to medium heat, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes to soften the pears. When they start to break down when you stir them, move on
  3. In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, orange zest, nutmeg and sweetener. Whisk well to begin to break down the sugar, if that is what you are using
  4. Add the sauce to the pears
  5. Using an immersion blender, puree the pears and the orange sauce until smooth
  6. Cook for 2 hours over medium heat, stirring frequently, reducing the liquid to obtain a thick, creamy consistency
  7. Wash your 1 (or 4) jars and lids well, fill and seal. If you are not going to use the product right away, follow correct canning procedures to seal. Refrigerate the pear butter until used or given as gifts, if you do not can the product.
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  • A.L. Wiebe
    October 19, 2011
    My mom used to make this when we were kids...oh the memories!
    Her recipe called for many (if not all) of the same spices and seasonings as apple butter. I know, how boring, but she had to use the produce somehow and we all really loved it!
    This recipe looks to be refreshingly different and very, very tasty. I think, perhaps, that I'll take this recipe to her next summer, and we could make it together.
    I find the slow cooker works really well for this type of thing, if you're in no hurry.
    Thanks Chef, for the trip down memory lane and a truly lovely recipe.


    • Amos Miller
      October 25, 2011
      Yes, Bob - great condiment for virtually any pork dish. We are big pork producers in Cass County, so trust me - you will enjoy this recipe no matter how you serve it - a glaze, a sauce with a knob of butter whisked in just before serving, then drizzled, or on your drop biscuits or cornbread - need I go on? By all means, vacuum pack (even with the old straw & a zip;ock method) and freeze whatever you will not be consuming in the following three weeks. Thanks so much for your comments and I hope to hear how it goes! best regards, Amos
      • Bob Vincent
        October 25, 2011
        This sounds like a great condiment for Pork. I gave away my canning jars and equipment to my youngest daughter a couple of years ago. I think I might try frreezing in airtight plastic bags. What are your thoughts on freezing? Fall weather and Pears are a match. Thanks for sharing.
        • Tien Douglas
          October 25, 2011
          Thank you for sharing this. It looks like perfect pear butter. -Tien :)
          • Amos Miller
            October 25, 2011
            This is an easy recipe, made easier by peeling the fruit before cooking it. Can't go wrong as long as you don't scorch it toward the end of the reduction. Makes a great holiday gift in small jars. I do hope you'll try it. Thanks very much for your comments, judee.
            • judee
              October 25, 2011
              The combination of pear, orange juice, and nutmeg sound absolutely delicious. What a great flavor combination

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