Simmering pears in pear nectar (available in the natural-foods section of supermarkets) and then reducing the puree until thickened produces an exceptionally rich-tasting spread that contains no added fat or sugar. It is a great item to have on hand; spread it on toast or layer it with vanilla yogurt and top with nuts for a quick dessert or snack. If you have a good supply of pears, feel free to double the recipe, using a large saucepan.

Patsy Jamieson
Advertisement

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place pears and pear nectar in a heavy medium saucepan; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the pears are very tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Cooking time will vary depending on the ripeness of the pears.

    Advertisement
  • Mash the pears with a potato masher. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the puree has cooked down to a thick mass (somewhat thicker than applesauce), 20 to 30 minutes. Stir almost constantly toward the end of cooking. Scrape the pear butter into a bowl or storage container and let cool.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts

22 calories; 1 mg sodium. 31 mg potassium; 5.7 g carbohydrates; 0.9 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 0.1 g protein; 7 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 2 mcg folate; 3 mg calcium; 2 mg magnesium;