Homemade Spiced Pear Butter

Nicolette Stramara

by | Updated: February 26th, 2019 | Read time: 1 minute

Anything apple butter can do, this pear butter can do at least equally well, if not, dare I say, better. Whether you spread it on toast, stir it into oatmeal and yogurt or eat it right off the spoon, its spiced sweetness will make you forget all about the more well-known apple version. Bonus? This treat freezes well, so you get to enjoy it long after pears have gone out of season.

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Spiced Pear Butter

Servings 16
Calories 86 kcal



  1. In a large pot, combine pears, lemon juice, maple syrup and star anise. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for about 25-35 minutes or until pears are soft. Stir often to prevent burning.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool for about 30 minutes. Once cool, remove star anise and set aside.
  3. In food processor, blend pear mixture until smooth.
  4. Return mixture to pot. Add star anise again, plus zest and spices. Cook on low heat until mixture thickens, stirring often. (Note: for thick pear butter, you’ll need to cook longer, maybe up to an hour.)
  5. Transfer pear butter to jars and store in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month.

Recipe Notes

Recipe yields about 2 cups. One serving is 2 Tbsp. 


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Nutrition Facts
Spiced Pear Butter
Amount Per Serving (2 Tbsp.)
Calories 86
% Daily Value*
Sodium 32mg1%
Potassium 111mg3%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Vitamin A 20IU0%
Vitamin C 6.3mg8%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.