Apple pear butter is a sweet mixture of apples and pears that become a sweet thick sauce. This crockpot apple pear butter is perfect to top pancakes or toast with for a sweet start to the morning.
Apple pear sauce is a lot like applesauce but thicker and with a more intense flavor than applesauce.
This sweet sauce not only brings added flavor to pancakes and toast. But can add more flavor to dinner. Cover pork chops or chicken to make dinner extra sweet. Even though this sauce takes 8 hours to cook it really is a simple recipe to make.
How To Make Apple Pear Butter
I had totally forgotten about this recipe until one of the kids said. "You know what we haven't had in a while." This delicious sauce is definitely a favorite of my kids.
This simple pear apple butter is made in the crockpot making it kind of effortless.
We start with cleaning, peeling, and chopping fresh apples and pears. The smaller the apples and pears are cut the easier they will be to blend later.
Gala apples and Bartlette pears are what I used. Mcintosh apples or Anjou pears would be great substitutes.
Once the apples and pears are all chopped add them to the crockpot. Add in one cup of dark brown sugar, salt, and one cinnamon stick. I mixed all the ingredients together then placed the cinnamon stick in before I place the lid on the crockpot.
Using a dark brown sugar will add a molasses sweetness to the sauce. It will also help deepen the overall color of the butter. Place the lid on the crockpot and set it to high for 4 hours.
Slow Cooking The Sauce
After the first four hours of the apples and pears slow cooking, it's time to make it a sauce.
The first thing that you need to do is remove the cinnamon stick. Save the cinnamon stick because it will be going back in once the fruits are all blended.
Next, we are on to blending. There are two ways that I have used to get this sauce all blended.
You can use a blender, I do recommend working in batches with a blender. I have been overzealous with this in the past and made quite a mess. So working in batches is a great idea.
The easiest way I found was using an emersion blender. I just place the emersion blender into the crock and blended the fruit until it was smooth.
Whichever way you choose to blend the fruit into a sauce the goal is to make sure it's as smooth as you can get it.
Once the fruit is all blended into a sauce and back in the crockpot, add the cinnamon stick back in. Turn the slow cooker back on high for 4 more hours. Leaving the lid off.
About every 30 minutes or so I did go in and stir apple pear butter just to make sure it wasn't burning on the sides of the crockpot.
As the apple pear butter cooks these last 4 hours it will become thick and darker in color.
When the sauce was finished cooking, I filled two-pint size mason jars up with the apple pear butter. Then let sit on the countertop to cool before placing it into the refrigerator.
Apple pear butter is basically concentrated apple sauce that is flavored with pears. As the apple pear butter is cooked it becomes thicker and silkier with more of an intense flavor than apple sauce.
This sauce is best stored in an airtight container either in the refrigerator or freezer.
This should last up to three weeks in the refrigerator. Or can be frozen for up to three months.
We love to add apple pear butter on top of pancakes. You could also spread this sauce on toast, pork, or chicken.
As I mentioned our favorite way to enjoy this apple pear sauce is on pancakes. But it goes well with pork and chicken.
When I made this recipe for the pictures the kids were begging to be able to have some right away. It definitely won't last the three weeks in the fridge at our home. It's that big of a hit.
I have also been told this can be canned but I haven't canned it. You could always use a variety of apples and pears to bring in more flavor to apple pear butter.
My Creative Manner is answering the question "what's there to eat" with simple recipe creations. ~ Jen
Other My Creative Manner recipes you may enjoy are:
- Instant Pot Apple Cake
- Herb Butter With Garlic
- Sriracha Dipping Sauce
- Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies From Scratch
Apple Pear Butter ~ Crockpot
Apple pear butter in the crockpot is a delicious sauce. Top pancake, toast, pork chops, or chicken with this apple pear butter.
- 5 Large Apples see notes
- 5 Large Pears see notes
- 1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar firmly packed
- ½ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cinnamon Stick see notes
Peel the apples and pear. Cut into smaller chunks discarding the cores.
Add the apples, pears, packed dark brown sugar, and salt into the crock-pot.
Mix the ingredients together, place the cinnamon stick on top of the mixture.
Place the lid on the crock-pot and cook on high for 4 hours.
After the first four hours, remove the lid and cinnamon stick. Keep the cinnamon stick for later.
If using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients until smooth. I did this right in the crock-pot.
If using a blender work in batches and blend until smooth. Return blended mixture to crock-pot.
With the smooth sauce in the crock-pot, place the cinnamon stick back in.
Leaving the lid off the crock-pot.
Cook on high for 4 more hours. Stirring every so often.
Remove cinnamon stick and discard it. Transfer the apple-pear butter into a sealed container, I used mason jars.
Let sit and cool on the counter before placing in the refrigerator or freezer.
The nutritional value may vary depending on the ingredients used.
For the pears, I used Bartlett pears but Anjou pears will work as well. For the apples, I used Gala but Mcintosh will work as well.
If you don't have a cinnamon stick you can replace it with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
Apple Pear Butter will last up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator or freeze for up to 3 months. Enjoy on pancakes, toast, pork or chicken.