Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter
Serves: Makes 8- eight ounce jars or 4 pints
 
This pear butter is perfect on toast, pancakes, over oatmeal or ice cream. A nice gift for neighboors & friends too.
Ingredients
  • 7 lbs. pears, peeled, cored, and coarsley chopped (I used bartlett)
  • ½ cup water
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste*
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon cardamom
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • juice of 1 orange
Instructions
  1. In a large stainless steel pot, combine the pears, water, lemon zest and juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently for 20 minutes, string occasionally.
  2. Working in batches, transfer mixture to a food processor or blender and puree just until a uniform texture is achieved. Do not liquefy. Measure 8 cups of pear puree (Use the excess as Pearsauce).
  3. In a clean large stainless steel saucepan, combine pear puree, sugar, orange juice, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg. Stir until sugar dissolves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and holds it shape to a spoon and liquid does not separate.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare canner, jars and lids: Wash and rinse the jars in hot soapy water. Drain the jars well of any excess water. Set the screw bands aside - they don't require sterilizing. Place the lids - the flat round portion of the two-piece closures - in a small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a simmer. Don't boil. Keep lids hot until you're ready to use them.
  5. Ladle hot butter into hot jars, leaving ¼ inch head-space. Remove air bubbles and adjust head-space, if needed, but adding more butter. Wipe rim with a clean damp cloth. Center the lid on jar and screw band down until resistance is med, then increase to fingertip tight.
  6. Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes, then remove jars, cool and store. When you hear the pop sound you know they are sealed. Or you can press on the lid and make sure it doesn't pop back at you. If one doesn't seal, you will need to store in the refrigerator.
Notes
After I peeled the pears, I just sliced them around the core as close as I could get. If i got part of the core, I used a small knife to cut that piece out.
*I used vanilla bean paste. I love the look & taste of the little vanilla beans. It is a little more for the paste but less expensive than a real vanilla bean.
And if you don't want to can this pear butter, don't! Enjoy it within 2 weeks. You can also freeze it once it's cool in a freezer safe jar or plastic freezer jars.
Recipe by Baked in AZ at http://bakedinaz.com/vanilla-spiced-pear-butter/