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Apple Pear Butter

How can something so simple be so delicious?

I find myself asking that question after making a batch of Apple Pear Butter

It’s not really butter, just so you know, it’s like a concentrated applesauce that cooks down into a sweet, nicely spiced spread

I used a combination of 3 pears and 6 apples.  Mainly because it’s what I had

You can use whatever combination of fruit as long as it equals 8 cups

You’ll also need 1 cup of dark brown sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 4 cardamom pods

Cardamom may be difficult to find, so you can omit if you have to.  But I highly recommend trying it out as it has a uniquely aromatic flavor

The best way to describe this spice is citrusy & warm with a hint of licorice

Since it’s a robust spice, I cook it in with the apples and pears and remove at the end


Peel, core and cube your fruit into small chunks


Make sure you have 8 cups of fruit.  This sounds like a lot, but it will cook down


Put all ingredients into a crock pot on high for 4 hours

We use the Instant Pot slow/pressure cooker


At this point, remove the cardamom pods and the cinnamon stick and reserve

Blend with an immersion blender until smooth

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Put the pods and cinnamon stick back into the pureed fruit and cook on high 4 more hours but uncovered

This will let the apple pear mixture cook down into the lovely “butter” you’re so looking forward to slathering on your toast

Once again, remove the cardamom and cinnamon stick since they’re inedible


A thing of beauty.  Not too sweet, spiced just right and ready for your breakfast table

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8 cups of peeled, cored apples & pears

1 cups dark brown sugar

1 cinnamon stick

4 cardamom pods

1 teaspoon kosher salt

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