Stemmlers 2016-17
Stemmlers 2016-17

Pear Butter

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January 1 - December 31

Harvest Period

N/A - N/A

Pear butter is a highly concentrated form of pear sauce, produced by long, slow cooking of pears and pear cider until the natural sugars caramelize and turn the butter a deep brown colour. The concentration of sugar gives pear butter a much longer shelf life than  pear sauce, and for this reason it was popular amongst the early pioneers and later into the 20th century. Despite its name, there is no dairy butter in this product the term simply refers to the thick, soft consistency of pear butter and its common use as a spread on bread and crackers. By cooking pear butter even further, another product fruit leather is created.

How To Make

Although pear butter takes time to make (the sauce is slow cooked for at least an hour), the upfront part is easy. You do not have to peel or core the pears. The pectin for firming up the resulting product resides mostly in the cores and there is a lot of flavour in the peels. After the first cooking, these parts get discarded when the pulp is run through a food mill or sieve. 

Alternately, you can quarter and core the pears but leave the peel on.  Once the butter has cooled, it can be processed in a blender, causing the peels to dissolve.

10 pears, such as Bartlett or Bosc, cored and cut into quarters

2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)

1/2 cup of pear cider or juice

1/4 tsp each of nutmeg, cloves, allspice and cardamom

1 tsp vanilla extract

Place all ingredients into a large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until the pears break down and become very soft. At this point, you have created pear sauce. Continue to reduce until 80% of the liquid has evaporated and the sauce is very thick and dark brown.  Puree with an immersion blender, a standard blender or in a food processor.


Pear butter should be refrigerated after opening & used within six months.

Nutritional Information

When made only with pears and cider (and no added sugar), pear butter is a natural, wholesome food.

1 tbsp (15mL) of pear butter provides about 48 calories, 0g fat, and 11g naturally occurring sugar from the pears.

How To Use

A classic way of eating pear butter is to spread it on toast, muffins, tea biscuits, pancakes the possibilities are endless!  Like pear sauce, pear butter is a natural accompaniment to pork chops, roasts, or sausage.  Add some pear butter to plain yogurt or cottage cheese to give them a hint of sweetness.