Caramel Spice Pear Butter

Recipe by CarolAT
READY IN: 1hr 50mins




  • Wash the pears but do not peel or core them; slice pears into a heavy saucepan (at least 5-quart size).
  • Add water, cover, and cook until tender (about 30 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and press the pears through a colander or a food mill.
  • Measure the pear pulp (you should have about 8 cups) and return to the pan.
  • Using a frying pan, heat 1 1/2 cups of the sugar, stirring until it melts and caramelizes to a medium brown color.
  • Pour immediately into the pear pulp (the syrup will sizzle and harden, but dissolve again as the preserves cook).
  • Add the remaining sugar, cloves, cinnamon, and ginger.
  • Cook uncovered, until thick (about 45 minutes).
  • Stir frequently as it begins to thicken to prevent it from sticking.
  • Stir in lemon juice just before removing it from heat.
  • Pour hot mixture into steralized 1/2 pint jars, put on lid, and crew band tightly.
  • Process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes.