This easy to make fall spiced slow cooker apple pear butter is a recipe even the most novice cook can make. This versatile butter is rich in flavor and will have people thinking you spent hours making it!
Does anyone else feel like apples and pumpkins take center stage in fall and the poor old pear is often forgotten? I know there are a lot of people that don’t care much for pears and if it’s an over or underripe one, I’m right there with them. But then there’s that moment when you bite into a perfectly ripe and juicy pear and it makes me wonder why people don’t use them more.
This fall I want to do my part in making sure that the often underused pear isn’t pushed to the side and I’m starting by adding it to this easy to make and wonderfully flavored Slow Cooker Apple Pear Butter.
Sure I could have just made apple butter, but everyone does that. I wanted to step up my butter game by adding in sweet and juicy pears. If you’ve never made a fruit butter like this in your slow cooker it’s something you should really try this fall. There’s really nothing to it and even the most novice cook can handle this recipe. The great part is, the flavor that’s produced by slowly cooking down the apples and pears with warm spices, is rich and will fool people into thinking you are a master cook!
To make the apple pear butter all you need to do is peel your apples and pears, then core them and cut them into large cubes. Add the fruit to the slow cooker along with some water, lemon juice, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and vanilla extract. Cover it with the lid and set it to low, letting it cook for about 6 hours or until the apples and pears are soft and broken down.
Once the fruit is broken down use an immersion stick blender or regular blender to process the fruit until it is smooth. As the fruit cools it will continue to thicken and you will be left with a perfectly sweet, fall spiced apple pear butter.
The apple pear butter can be used in a numerous ways. Spread it over toast, add it on top of a scoop of vanilla ice cream, use it as a topping for pancakes or waffles, serve it alongside pork chops, use it in a salad dressing, or my favorite, just eat it straight from the jar with a spoon! The apple pear butter will keep for a couple weeks in the fridge or you can freeze or can it for a later use.
- 2 pounds apples (5-6 apples), I used Galas, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith, peeled, cored and cut into about 1 inch chunks
- 1 pound ripe pears (3-4), I used Bartlett, peeled, cored, and cut into about 1 inch chunks
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker, then stir to coat them evenly in the spices.
- Cover the slow cooker and set it to low.
- Cook the apples and pears for about 6 hours stirring them a couple times and mashing the fruit with the back of a spoon.
- When the fruit is very soft and the mixture has thickened, use an immersion stick blender or regular blender to puree the fruit until it is smooth.
- Cool the butter before adding it to jars or an airtight container to store in the refrigerator or freezer.
- If you choose to can the apple pear butter follow proper instructions to prevent contamination.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g