Last year was our first year of a fairly bountiful harvest of pears from our miniature tree. The fruit was hard and not too flavoursome for fresh eating so I had to find a way to use it up. After searching YouTube ( as you do ), I found general instructions for pear butter.
This year we had the pears again but I was also given small green apples from a friend. I decided to combine the two fruits and made this recipe up as I went along.
The result was a fruity yet slightly tangy spread. It makes a delicious spread on toast, crumpets and muffins. Maybe you will find some other uses for it too. Perhaps spread it on dry crackers with a little Camembert cheese.
8 large Pears or 1 - 1.5 kilos
4 medium Green Apples or 0.5 - 1 kilos
1/2 cup of tap Water
Juice of 2 Lemons
1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons of dried Cinnamon
1 teaspoon of dried Nutmeg
Turn your slow cooker on low ( if it runs very hot ) or high if it's a very slow cooker
Peel, core and slice the pears and apples.
Place in the slow cooker.
Add all the other ingredients to the slow cooker.
Cook for 8 - 10 hours or overnight
Lift the lid and give it a good stir.
Use a stick blender to blitz the fruit until it's smooth.
Leave the slow cooker lid off and continue to cook for another 4 hours or so until some of the liquid has reduced.
Spoon into hot , sterilised jars and seal.
Store in the fridge for 2 - 3 weeks or freeze for longer storage.
|The finished product|
|Getting the fruit ready|
|Cooking in the slow cooker|