I LOVE my double fruit share from Wayward Seed. But since I’m the only one who eats most of it, it can be a challenge to use up all the apples and pears every week once I get sick of eating them plain. While discussing this with a friendly stranger* at the N. Market, she suggested that I make apple butter. What a phenomenal idea. I decided to throw in my pears as well, since they were well on their way to over-ripeness. Note that you could make this with any amount of apples or pears that you have on hand. (The latest issue of Edible Columbus even suggests using sweet potatoes.) The cooking process is what’s important.
Crockpot Apple Pear Butter
- 6 apples, peeled, cored, cooked and pureed if chunky (I just pop mine in the microwave for 5 or so minutes til they’re soft)
- 8 pears, peeled, cored, chopped, and pureed
- Spices, if you like (I used a cinnamon stick, 3 cloves, and about 1/2 t of nutmeg)
Add all to a crockpot. Turn on high. Put the lid half on, or prop part of it up with a wooden spoon. You will need to give the steam a way to escape, since you want it to cook down nice and thick. Cook for 4-6 hours, or until thickened to your tastes.
Note that some recipes call for additional sugar. You may want this if you are using apples that are especially tart, but the fruit I used was very sweet, so there was no need. This is delicious spread on some warm sourdough toast.
*I figure I’m old enough to talk to them now. She did not offer me candy.