Smooth, creamy, and naturally sweet, this Slow Cooker Pear Butter recipe is so simple and easy to make! No peeling or added sugar needed, just a combination of your favorite pears cooked down in your crockpot for a perfectly thick, sweet, and aromatic spread full of autumn spices, that's gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and allergy-free! Ideal for canning, gifting, and eating!
Fruit butters are a must-make during the fall and winter seasons! From apple butter to pumpkin butter, these thick, sweet, and creamy spreads are perfect for swirling into a warm bowl of oatmeal, spreading on some gluten-free toast, or canning to enjoy at a later date during the year! With pears perfectly in season, it's a no-brainer to make some of the easiest slow cooker pear butter right in your own kitchen! No peeling, no added sugar, healthy, delicious, and so aromatic!
Ingredients You Need For Pear Butter
- Pears: You'll want a variety of ripe seasonal pears. Just like applesauce, it's best to use a variety so you can create a perfect balance of sweet and tart! Make sure your pears are soft and ripe so they can cook down in your crockpot easily.
- Granulated Sweetener: Some sugar-free granulated sweetener is perfect for making your pear butter extra sweet once it cooks down. You can opt to use any granulated sugar you prefer if you won't want it sugar-free.
- Dark Brown Sugar Sweetener: Dark brown sugar adds notes of rich molasses and enhances the deep color of the pear butter! You can use this sugar-free brown sugar or your preferred brand. If you don't have dark on hand, feel free to swap in with light brown sugar or even add a dash of molasses to regular sugar!
- Cinnamon + Allspice + Cloves: You can use any combination of warm autumn spices. I chose cinnamon, allspice, and ground cloves for my butter. You can use all cinnamon, or even add in some nutmeg, ginger, or cardamom!
- Lemon Juice: A squirt of something acidic, like lemon juice, helps balance out the sweetness of the pears!
- Vanilla Extract: A touch of pure vanilla adds so much delicious extract flavor to this pear butter! You can even try some maple extract for an even cozier taste and aroma.
What Are The Best Pears To Use?
Any ripe juicy pear will do! You can use all of one variety or switch it up and do a combo to create a unique blend of flavors. I chose to do half Green Anjou and half Bosc (my personal favorites!) Some great easy-to-find varieties of pears to use are:
- Green Anjou: juicy, sweet, and citrusy
- Red Anjou: juicy, sweet, and slightly tangy
- Bartlett: juicy, sweet, and aromatic
- Red Bartlett: juicy, sweet, and aromatic
- Bosc: crisp, woodsy with hints of honey
- Comice: succulent, buttery, very sweet
- Concorde: crunchy, sweet with hints of vanilla
- Starkrimson: juicy, sweet, aromatic with hints of floral
How To Make Pear Butter
- Core and cube your chosen pears (no need to peel them!).
- Add them to a large 8-quart slow cooker.
- Add the sweeteners, spices, and liquid flavorings right on top of the pears.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
- After 4 hours, mash up the soft pear mixture before carefully transferring to a large blender and blending until smooth (you may need to do this in batches).
- Add the smooth pear puree back into the slow cooker and continue cooking on high for 3-4 more hours, mixing every 30 minutes or so until thick.
Additional Tips and Tricks
- The easier way to core the pears is by cutting the top stem off and then cubing the pear. Cube around the small center pocket that holds the seeds. Discard the seed-filled cube and stem. Everything else can go right into the slow cooker!
- Fruit butters are not the same as fruit sauce (like applesauce). The end result is sweet, deep in color, smooth, and very thick. That is why you cook the mixture twice in the slow cooker.
- When the pear butter is finished, leave it to cool, uncovered in the slow cooker before transferring it out into a large container to come to room temperature, and then chill it in the fridge. The butter will thicken further once it has had time to chill in the fridge overnight.
- If you want to use whole spices to flavor your butter, remember to remove them before mashed and blending the butter!
How to Store
- Once the butter has come to room temperature, you can transfer the crockpot pear butter to airtight glass jars and store them the in fridge for about 3-4 weeks.
- You can freeze the butter in freezer-safe plastic bags. Freeze flat until solid for easy storage. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays and defrost small amounts as needed. Thaw frozen pear butter in the fridge overnight.
Canning For Longterm Storage
Can the slow-cooked pear butter by filling sanitized glass ball jars (half-pint or pint) with the butter, leaving ¼ inch of space at the top, and secure the lids. Place the jars in a canner or large soup pot of boiling water, just to the tops of the jars. Bring water to a boil and boil for 20 minutes. Carefully remove the jars with tongs and let them cool on the counter overnight or until room temperature. Label and store in a cool, dry, dark place for up to 1 year.
Ways To Use Your Homemade Pear Butter
It is delicious on pancakes, waffles, or gluten-free toast, mixed into cakes and muffins, stirred into hot porridge and oatmeal, made into a sauce, even paired with savory foods like roast chicken or sandwiches!
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Slow Cooker Pear Butter
Slow Cooker Pear Butter (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Paleo)
Smooth, creamy, and sweet Slow Cooker Pear Butter that's so simple to make! Your favorite combination of pears cooked down in the crock-pot for a perfectly sweet and aromatic spread recipe that's gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and allergy-free!
- Prep Time: 3 Minutes
- Cook Time: 6 hours
- Total Time: 6 hours
- Yield: 4 Cups 1x
- Category: Condiment, Snack
- Method: Slow Cooker
- Cuisine: American
- Place the cubed pears in a greased large slow cooker and put the rest of the ingredients right on top of the pears.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, no mixing required at this time.
- After 4 hours, remove the lid and mash the pears a bit before carefully transferring into a large blender. Blend the mixture until completely smooth, about 30 seconds.
- Add the mixture back into the slow cooker with the cover slightly ajar and cook on high for another 3-4 hours until thick, mixing every 30 minutes or so. (It thickens more after cooking as it cools).
- Allow it to cool a bit before storing in glass jars and refrigerating for 3-4 weeks.
* I used 4 Green Anju and 4 Bosc Pears.
- Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
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A perfectly aromatic and seasonal spread that's naturally gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free, and paleo! No peeling or sugar required; just a little slow cooking and blending before you can healthfully indulge!
So tell me:
+ Do you like your pears super ripe or still crunchy and unripe, like me?
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