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All Day Apple & Pear Butter

We’ve had an abundance of apples and pears from our CSA share (Community Supported Agriculture) lately. Usually when this happens it’s time for apple and pear butter. All you need are 6 – 7 lbs of fruit, spices and a crockpot. For this, I used my 5.5 qt. crock pot. Warm apple and pear butter goes extremely well over vanilla ice cream or on hot toast and waffles.

You can honestly leave this to cook overnight for 7 – 10 hours and you’ll wake up to your apartment smelling like friggin’ Christmas. It’s amazing.

Adapted from All Day Apple Butter at AllRecipes.com (I *greatly* reduced the sugar from 4 cups down to 3/4 cup).

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All Day Apple & Pear Butter

Cook Time: Active Time: 30 min / Passive Time: 7 – 10 hours / Makes: 3 quarts

5 pounds apples – peeled, cored and finely chopped (you can use a food processor for this)
2 pounds pears – peeled, cored and finely chopped
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp whole cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Place apples & pears in a slow cooker. Add sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt to the slow cooker and mix well. Cover and cook on low 7- 10 hours or until thickened and dark brown. Stir occasionally to mix spices and snort the goodness. After finished, if desired, blend with an immersion (stick) blender until smooth. Spoon into 1/2 pint Ball jars like I did or into freezer containers, leaving 1/2-in. headspace. Cover and refrigerate or freeze.

The apple butter will keep in the Ball jars for an extremely long time in the fridge without officially “canning” it. One of my friends was all stingy with hers and made three jars stretch to 8 months. If you have way too much, you always give some away or make the insanely good Apple Butter Pie. YES.

What are some of your favorite fall recipes or ways to use up extra fruit?

3 Comments

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  1. Stephanie says:

    YUM! i’m going apple picking this weekend and was looking for something fabulous to make besides a s***ton of pie and crisps.

  2. Thanks for providing a low-sugar alternative like this, Tricia! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  3. Tricia says: (Author)

    Hey Stephanie! Yes, even I can’t handle so many apple crisps & pies. I’ve resorted to even eating *gasp* straight apples. For me, this is a huge step because I grew up hating apples. Really. Another option I’ve thought about is adding them to salads and baking them with pork loin. That may be in the future for November.

    Carla, no prob. Both Matt & I thought it was an absurd amount of sugar to add to something that will be naturally sweet anyway. Now dig that wedding gift crock pot out of your landlord’s basement!

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