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

You know I like putting things in jars - being it fruits or vegetables, or both at the same time! :) 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 usualy does the trick...
So if you - like me - 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 some apples and you'll have one tasty apple & pear butter for your toast! :)

How to make it...

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

Peal and core the apples and pears. Chop the fruit roughly and put into a heavy bottom pan/pot. Add the sugar and 1/4 cup water. Put the lid on and simmer until the fruit are soft and disintegrating. Using a hand blender, blend the fruit well. Carefully check if it's sweet enough, if not add more sugar to your taste. Add the cinnamon and stir through. Simmer on a low heat, uncovered for about an hour until it thickens. Transfer your butter, still bubbling hot, into sterilized jars, put the lid tightly on and place your jars upside down. Leave them like that to cool completely. Once cooled, when you turn them over you'll see that your pear and apple butter is sealed. Enjoy! :)

PS. If the whole thing will be too sweet for you, as apples and pears can be very sweet, add some lemon juice which will break the sweetness.


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