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Tawny Port and Pear Butter

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Tawny Port and Pear Butter

Ripe pears

Leda Meredith

This is pear butter for grown-ups. It has a silky texture and rich, complex flavor. Yeah, it's good on morning toast or yogurt, but it really shines when dabbed on soft, mildly stinky cheeses like Brie served on a cracker or slice of crusty bread. Because it is cooked in a slow cooker you don't need to spend much time in the kitchen to make this recipe.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Canning Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 2 half pint jars

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped into approximately 1-inch pieces

  • 1/3 cup tawny port
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • Juice and grated zest of one lemon

Preparation:

Place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on the high setting for 4-5 hours, until pears are soft.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pears to a blender. Puree, adding just enough of the cooking liquid from the slow cooker to get a thick, spreadable consistency.

Transfer to clean half or quarter pint canning jars leaving half inch head space. Screw on 2-piece canning lids. Process in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes.

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