Next in my series of pear and plum recipes is pear butter. This is like a quick and easy version of a fruit butter. Unlike a traditional apple butter there is actual dairy butter in it. The brown butter gives it a great nutty flavour, which contrasts nicely with the pear and ginger.
I based myself on this recipe from Canadian Living. I love that their website allows the reader to adjust the number of servings, that way no mental math is required when trying to increase or decrease a recipe. The recipe below is for one serving. I used a little more than 1/2 a cup of cider, as the liquid evaporated before the pears had softened enough. I also used dry ginger instead of fresh, just because I didn’t have any fresh. The ginger adds a really nice heat to the butter without being overpowering.
- 2 lb Bartlett pears , (about 5) peeled, cored and thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp dried ginger
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp wildflower honey
- Pinch of salt
- In large saucepan, bring pears, cider, orange zest and ginger to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until pears have softened, about 1 hour.
- While pears are simmering, brown butter. In a small pan over medium heat melt the butter. Reduce the heat and simmer until the milk solids have browned and the butter has a nutty smell. Keep a close eye on the butter as it can go from browned to burnt in an instant. Set butter aside to cool.
- Once the pears have softened, transfer them to a food processor and purée until smooth. Add butter, honey and salt. Pulse till combined.
8 thoughts on “Brown Butter Pear Butter”
I was pleasantly surprised to see your post on the pear butter recipe. I love apple butter, but I’ve never tried pear butter. It must be delicious. I’m dying to try the recipe. Thanks for sharing
What a fantastic idea! Brown butter has such an addictive, nutty test and I can imagine it complements the pear really well.
Sorry – that was supposed to be “taste”, not “test”.
I love apple butter and I do love pears, I don’t know why I never thought of pear butter….it does sound so good!
I wish I had some ripe pears right about now! I can taste the brown butter and pear together slathered on some good crusty bread… Kate@ kateiscooking
I have never had a fruit butter with real butter in it…I am so going to have to try it. What a great spread this would be on a warm roll right out of the oven!
I never done butter like that I’m very curious, and pear butter sounds delicious.
Delicious! I have never heard of this before but am definitely bookmarking it :) Thank you!