Caramel Spice Pear Butter

Recipe from the kitchen of Rick Juliusson, our Executive Director.

pear butter


  • 15 large, firm, ripe pears (or apple-pears)
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice


Core pears and cut into chunks. Cook on low heat with 2 cups of water (covered) for 30 minutes. Puree using a hand blender.

Melt 1 1/2 cups sugar, stirring until it becomes a caramelized brown syrup. Pour into pears and stir. Add 4 1/2 cups sugar, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Boil and then simmer until thickened (about 45 min). Stir in 2 Tbsp lemon juice when done.

Pour into jars—makes 8 1/2 pint jars. Enjoy on toast, crackers, with cheese and on pancakes!