Pear Apple Butter

a delicious spread for toast or biscuits or a side dish for pork or chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 hours
Author Jane Windham


  • 8 large pears peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
  • 5 large apples peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup apple cider


  1. Put the chunks of pears and apples in a large, 5 quart slow cooker.
  2. Add the apple cider vinegar and the spices and stir to evenly distribute the spices.
  3. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours.
  4. Allow to cool and then spoon the mixture (in 2 batches) into a food processor or blender and puree.
  5. Return the mixture to the slow cooker and add the brown sugar, molasses, and the apple cider.
  6. Stir to completely mix the ingredients.
  7. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours with the top propped open, stirring occasionally.
  8. Allow to cool before adding to glass jars.
  9. Store in the refrigerator and use within 3 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Don't be tempted to omit the molasses. It gives the butter a richer, smoky flavor!

Adapted from Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic