What to do with hard pears -> apple & pear butter!...

You know how I like putting various fruit and veggies into jars, I look for every opportunity to do that. On this occasion I had a big bowl of apples and some very stubborn pears, that were very hard and didn't want to ripen and become soft and juicy - even after a week in the same bowl as apples, which usually does the trick...

So, if you happen to have very hard, but still delicious, pears and don't know what to do with them - soften them up in some sugar, in a company of few apples and you'll have one tasty apple & pear butter for your morning (or middle of the night...) toast!

How to make it...

- 5 big apples
- 5 hard pears
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


- Peal and core the apples and pears. 
- Chop the fruit roughly and put into a heavy bottom pot. 
- Add the sugar and 1/4 cup water. 
- Put the lid on and simmer until all the fruit is completely soft and disintegrating. Using a hand blender, puree the fruit. 
- Carefully (as it's very hot) check if it's sweet enough for you, if not, simply add more sugar to suit your taste. 
- Add the cinnamon and stir through. 
- Simmer on a low heat, uncovered for about 1,5 hour until it thickens. 
- Transfer your butter, still bubbling hot, into sterilized jars, put the lid tightly on straight away, place your jars closely together on a counter top and cover with a thick kitchen towel. 
- Leave them like that to cool completely. 
- Once cooled, you'll notice that your pear and apple butter is sealed. 

✅ If the whole thing will be too sweet for you, as apples and pears can be sometimes very sweet, do not use less sugar - it's needed not only for the sweetness but also for preserving your butter - add some lemon juice, which will break the sweetness and bring some balance.


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  1. AnonymousJune 01, 2014

    That looks perfect on toast!! I've got to go get some pears...


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