Ryan’s done it again. He’s made magic happen in the kitchen. This time he created a delicious salted caramel pear and apple butter.
When our neighbors gifted us with a bag of pears a couple weeks ago, it couldn’t have been more perfect timing. Ryan had already been craving pears and brainstorming new recipes. The bag of pears were handed to me in a quick swap when I was giving our neighbor their escaped dog over the fence. I’m not sure where they were picked just thankful for the gift. Ryan says they look to be from a non-commercial tree. (Our neighbors are so thoughtful. Last year, we enjoyed the watermelon they dropped by and pickled the rinds.)
The pear butter Ryan made is really sweet with touch of a salted caramelized taste that I can’t get enough of. I even packed it for our most recent vacation and used it on waffles at the hotel. Here’s the recipe, good luck making it last!
Salted Caramel Pear and Apple Butter
makes about 2 pints
½ cup of apple juice
grated zest and juice of ½ of a lemon
2 pounds pears cored and chopped
1 ½ pounds apples cored and chopped
1 ½ cups brown sugar
1 teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¾ teaspoon salt
In a large pot, combine apple juice, lemon juice, pears, and apples. Cook over medium heat bringing mixture to a boil.
Continue to cook until the pears and apples are very soft. Remove from heat and either finely process in food processor or press through a fine blade of a food mill. Add mixture back to the pot. Mix in brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook uncovered for about an hour stirring frequently until the mixture thickens into a butter consistency.
Ladle the butter in sterilized ½ pint jars. Leave 1/4” headspace. Process the jars in a water bath for 10 minutes.
Incredibly tasty pear butter and easy to make, that’s my jam. Now we just need to bring a jar over to our neighbors as a big ol’ thank you.