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Roasted Pear Butter

Move over, apple butter! Oven roasted pears, butter, brown sugar, and spices produce a rich pear butter good enough to eat by the spoonful. Leaving the peels on the pears creates a robust, creamy texture.

Prep Time: 20 minutes plus roast time Yield: 2 cups

Prepare the pears for roasting:


3 large, firm pears, cored and sliced in half, unpeeled (I used Bartlett pears)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

dash of salt

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

Preheat 375° oven. Place pears, skin side down, on a baking sheet. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil on each pear half. Sprinkle with cinnamon, light brown sugar and salt.

Place in oven for 30-40 minutes, until pear flesh is soft and skin is light golden brown.

Remove from oven and cool slightly.

Cut pears in quarters

Make the pear butter sauce:


1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

2/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon allspice

2 teaspoons cinnamon

pinch of ground cloves

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon heavy cream.

In a medium saucepan, over medium low, melt unsalted butter. Add salt. Increase heat to medium, whisking in cardamom, brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves and lemon juice, cooking until brown sugar is incorporated and no longer grainy. Add the heavy cream. Whisk well, remove from heat. Cool slightly.

In a blender, add pears and pear butter sauce.

Blend until smooth and creamy! Store in the refrigerator.

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