I think I am finally ready to welcome fall with open arms. Well, mostly open arms. One hand will be holding this Slow Cooker Spiced Pear Butter packed with my favorite flavors of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and brown sugar. The other hand will be holding a spoon.
I have finally been able to ditch my box of tissues, Sudafed, and Netflix – the things that kept me alive since coming down with a cold a few days after returning from India.
Post vacation blues are real, and I think the real remedies that got me out of this funk were dreaming up recipes with the delicious apples and pears we’ve gotten from our fruit share that is still going strong (this week included a half gallon of apple cider! Ideas?).
While I’ve made slow cooker apple recipes (apple cider butter & honey crisp applesauce) before, pears usually get eaten raw because they’re a rare commodity! A huge bag of pears let me create this beautiful whipped pear butter up, and I urge you to try it sometime in the next few months when you need a jam-like spread to put on everything.
- 5 cups pears
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp ginger
- Peel, core, and chop pears. Blend in food processor or blender until mostly smooth.
- In a greased slow cooker, combine all ingredients and cook for 6 hours on high, propping the lid open with a wooden spoon to allow for evaporation. Stir every hour if possible.
- For extra velvety texture, blend again after cooking to whip some air into the pear butter.
For spiced pear "applesauce," skip the blending step and cook for 3 hours on high.
I have been enjoying this pear butter on toast, pancakes, and in oatmeal, but it would be equally delicious as a mix-in for yogurt or on top of ice cream!
If you’re whipping this up as a holiday gift, I recommend these 5 ounce jars (affiliate link) which are pictured in the post. They’re a great size and a lovely shape.
If you’re dealing with an excess of apples, I also recommend my Slow Cooker Apple Cider Butter recipe linked in the photo below: