Spiced Crock Pot Pear Butter

Does anyone else just love the smell of anything cooking with cinnamon and cloves?  Those aromatic spices make it feel like Christmas time in my house; reminding me of my mom’s baking growing up.  This crock pot pear butter brings back all those smemories (smell memorires?! Can I make that a word?) – plus, it tastes delicious.

A mason jar full of crockpot pear butter

How to make pear butter

This recipe is one of the easiest things you can make.  You’ll take a bunch of pears and chop them up, removing and discarding the core.

Bonus – you actually don’t even need to remove the skin.  As long as the pears are ripe, the skin blends just fine into the pear butter and you won’t even notice it!  Plus, it adds extra fiber – wonderful from a nutrition perspective!

Add the pears to the crock pot with your sugar, spices, and lemon juice/peel, cook it for a few hours, and bam – delicious, sweet, spiced pear butter.

I am not personally a canner so I just store this in the fridge for 5 days or so – we have no problem using most of it in that time!  If you do know how to can, you can go through the steps to sterilize your canning lids and jars and process this properly in a boiling water bath.  That would give you a far longer storage time.

Ingredients for pear butter in the slow cooker

crockpot pear butter in the slow cooker after pureeing

How to thicken crock pot pear butter

Many recipes out there will lead you to believe you’ll have this insanely thick pear butter straight out of the slow cooker, and it’s generally just not the case.  Because of the way a crock pot works with the lid on (which retains moisture), liquids really don’t reduce – at least not in the normal slow cooking time frames.

When I make this crock pot pear butter, it comes out at a consistency between applesauce and apple butter – and I find that to be perfect.  But if you want that super thick butter consistency, you have two options:

  • Reduce on the stovetop once you’ve finished the crockpot steps.  I know, I know – who wants to turn on the stove after they’ve set out to use the crockpot?!  But if you really want that thickness, this is the best way to reduce it.
  • After pureeing, leave it in the crockpot and set the heat to low for another hour – but leave the lid off or only halfway on.  I haven’t tried this method yet, but a few people I know swear by it.  Feel free to test it out!

Crockpot Pear Butter in a mason jar

What to do with pear butter

Once you’ve got it to be the texture you want, the opportunities are endless!  Here are a few ways to use your pear butter:

Spoonful of crockpot pear butter

I hope you enjoy this slow cooker pear butter recipe, and if you make it – be sure to pop and rate it!  (PS – pin for later so you remember to come back to test it out!).

If you like this recipe, you are sure to love our Healthy Baked Cinnamon Apples too!

Crockpot Pear Butter in a mason jar
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Crock Pot Pear Butter

Crock pot pear butter blends sweet juicy pears with aromatic cinnamon and cloves. Top your favorite breakfast treat - or eat it by the spoon!

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot pear butter, slow cooker pear butter
Servings 32 tbsp
Calories 31 kcal
Author Comeback Momma

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ripe pears (about 6 large)
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • Strip of peel from a lemon
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Slice pears and cut into large chunks, removing and discarding the core. You can leave the skin on!
  2. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and turn on high for 4 hours.
  3. Puree everything, either with an immersion blender or a regular blender.
  4. If you’d like it to be a thicker consistency, either reduce on the stovetop until it reaches the desired consistency, or place back in the slow cooker on low for one hour with the lid removed/ajar.

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe makes approximately 2 cups of pear butter. A serving = 1 tbsp.
  • If you like a heavily spiced version, you can increase the cinnamon to 1 tsp. I love it!
  • Store in the fridge for about 5 days.  If you know how to can, go through the steps to properly can for longer storage.

Nutrition analysis (approximate per serving):

31 calories, 0 g fat, 8 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g fiber, 5.5 g sugar, 0 g protein, Vitamin A: 0%, Vitamin C: 5%, Calcium: 1%, Iron: 1%

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This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Mart

    I wonder if this would be any good on cornbread!

    1. Barb

      I tried it on cornbread and it was delicious!

  2. Christine

    Can this be frozen also?

  3. ROCHELLE HAYNES

    5 stars
    I love pears but never had this

  4. Sarah L

    5 stars
    Great way to use pears. Easy enough to make.

  5. jan

    5 stars
    I have pets in the house , so I’m always worried about leaving something uncovered for a long time….I found that a splatter screen (I use when I cook burgers) works great. The fruit butter will reduce down great.

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