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Pear Butter Holiday Recipe

This is a great fall pear recipe that is super easy to make. And would be perfect to give to friends and family as a healthy holiday gift.  I love giving homemade treats during the holidays.  Especially when they are both delicious and healthy!  

pear butter
Pear Butter Recipe

This brown sugar pear butter starts with using ripe Bartlett pears.  You can tell when a Bartlett pear is ripe when the skin turns golden yellow. You can push your thumb on the neck of the pear and feel it a little soft.  Bartlett Pears are excellent sources of vitamins and nutrients

This pear butter is perfect on toast, bagels or you can add it to your morning oatmeal or Greek yogurt! Another idea is to spread it on your waffle or healthy pancake!

What You Need:

5 large Bartlett pears

1.5 cups brown sugar

1/4 cup filtered water

1/2 tsp vanilla extract  (best flavor when added at the end of the cooking process)

pinch of the following spices:

cinnamon 

allspice

cloves

nutmeg

What To Do:

1.  Add clean  quartered and cored pears to a heavy pan.  Add 1/4 cup of water.

2.  Cover and Simmer over low heat for 20 minutes until pears have softened.  Remove from heat and mash pears until mushy.

3.  Put pears into a food mill and crank until there is only the pear skins left.  Throw skins away.

4.  Add pear puree back in pan.  Add half of the brown sugar to the pear mixture.

5.  Cook for one hour over low heat.  Add vanilla extract.

6.  Take a wide mouth funnel and spoon pear butter into hot sterilized glass mason jars.  Refrigerate and enjoy!

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Wine, Cheese and Pears

If you are like me, you are not sure which pear is best to serve with which wine and cheese.  It’s amazing how much better wine tasting is with pairing fruit.

Cheese, Wine and Pears.
Wine with Cheese and pears is delicious.

It is important to serve the best combinations to your guests.  Here’s some professional guidance to turn your next party into a special event.

Forelle pears are a small, bell shaped pear with yellow skin that has red freckles.  They are known for their sweet flavor and beautiful appearance.  Perfect combinations for wine and cheese are Manchego Cheese with a Cabernet Sauvignon. Or an Aged Gouda with a late harvest Gewurztaminer.

Anjou pears have green skin and are bell shaped and are perfect for baking, salads or snacking.  They are juicy and have a sweet flavor with a hint of citrus.  Best paired with Fresh Goat Cheese and a Pinot Gris or a Goat’s Milk Camembert with a Chardonnay.

Bosc pears are have an elongated neck and a brownish color.  They have a  bronze and yellow color and are aromatic.  They are best paired with Manchego Cheese and Pinot Noir.

Bartlett pears are the most popular pear.  They are green and turn yellow as they ripen and they are juicy, sweet and a bit buttery.  Bartlett pears can be paired with Feta Cheese and a Sparkling Wine.

Comice pears are the sweetest of all pears.  This is best paired with Aged Goat Cheese and Chardonnay or Brie and Riesling.

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