Recipes and Cooking Apple-Pear Butter Sure, you've had apple butter (we included that classic recipe here, too), but with this recipe you can create more complex flavors with apple-pear or caramel-apple butters. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on September 9, 2019 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Carson Downing Prep Time: 45 mins Total Time: 2 hrs 45 mins Yield: 5 to 6 cups Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 ½ pound tart cooking apples, cored and quartered (about 7 medium) 2 pound ripe pears, cored and quartered (about 4 medium) 3 cup apple cider or apple juice 2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice, strained ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon Directions In an 8- to 10-qt. heavy pot or Dutch oven combine apples, pears, and cider. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Press apple mixture through a food mill or sieve. (You should have 7 1/2 to 8 cups.) Return pulp to pot; discard skins. Stir in sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook, uncovered, over very low heat 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours or until thick enough that mixture mounds on a spoon, stirring often. Place pot of apple butter in a sink filled with ice water; stir to cool. Ladle into clean wide-mouth half-pint freezer containers, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Seal and label. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks or freeze up to 6 months. Apple butter may darken slightly on freezing. Makes 5 to 6 half-pints. Classic Apple Butter Prepare as directed, except omit pears and increase apples to 4 1/2 pounds. Caramel Apple Butter Prepare as directed, except omit pears, increase apples to 4 1/2 pounds, decrease granulated sugar to 1/2 cup and add 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar. Water-Bath Canning Prepare as directed through Step 2. Ladle hot apple butter into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims with a clean cloth; adjust lids and screw bands. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner, starting timing when water returns to boiling. Process apple butter 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 28 Calories 7g Carbs Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 28 % Daily Value * Total Carbohydrate 7g 3% Total Sugars 7g Vitamin C 0.6mg 3% Calcium 10.1mg 1% Potassium 22mg 0% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.