Pear Butter with Cardamom

Pear Butter with Cardamom

by Sandra Nickerson on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at 10:27am
10-12 Barlett Pears – Peel and dice
6 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
3 Cups White or Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Cardamom powder
1 teaspoon salt

Add lemon and sugar to diced pears and let sit for about an hour. You want juice to come out of the pears. Simmer on the stove and add the Cardamom powder and salt. Boil and still, cooking the mixture down until it is thick and the consistency you want. Use a stick blender to mash up the pears once they are falling apart. (I think it is best to let most of the juice cook out before you mash, because the thicker mixer is quicker to scorch.
Taste and adjust seasoning.
Can in water bath for 10 minutes.
Very nice.

Pear-Cardamom Butter

Optionally: You can use orange juice for lemon, brown sugar instead of white and nutmeg instead of cardamom. And you can even use apples instead of pears. Have fun!

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