Pear Butter

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From the EatingWell Kitchen

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.

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • 4 ripe but firm Bartlett pears, (1-1 1/4 pounds), peeled, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 3/4 cup pear nectar

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 6 months.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 tablespoon
  • Per serving: 22 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 6 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 2 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 6 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 3 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 1 mg sodium; 31 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2
  • Exchanges: 1/2 fruit

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