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.
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.
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!
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:
- Slather it on these banana flour pancakes – a great way to switch things up from your go-to maple syrup
- Spread on top of these homemade waffles
- Mixed with plain Greek yogurt to add flavor and sweetness
- As a topping for these Saturday morning scones
- Spread over this healthier banana bread recipe
- As a topping for vanilla ice cream (even better with a little shredded coconut on top too!)
- Spread on these Whole30 pork chops (as an alternative to the spiced pear topping listed)
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!).
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!
- 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
Slice pears and cut into large chunks, removing and discarding the core. You can leave the skin on!
Place all ingredients in the slow cooker and turn on high for 4 hours.
Puree everything, either with an immersion blender or a regular blender.
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.
- 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%