Pear Butter

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: About 3 cups 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 large ripe pears, peeled and cored and cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Place everything into a heavy saucepan and bring to a simmer. Place the lid on slightly ajar and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring every ten or so.
  2. You can give the pear butter a gentle mash with a potato masher and leave it exactly as is…it will be the consistency of chunky applesauce. Mmmmmm.
  3. OR, you can give the pear butter a whirl in the blender or with an immersion butter…it will be the consistency of smoother applesauce.
  4. OR, you can pour it into a fine mesh strainer and push it so that some of the liquid drains out, so it will be a little firmer and more spreadable…you can also get this result from just letting it simmer, lid off, for a little while longer.
  5. Whatever way you like it, serve it up either warm or chilled on toast, muffins, scones, pancakes or just by itself!