September 19, 2008

Better Butter

Yesterday's adventure was pear butter. It tasted amazing on this hot roll! I've never made it before, but as I said in the Willem's Pear post, I had about 20 more pounds of pears to use. We'll still make apple butter, however, the lure of pear butter was too much to resist. The recipe that I used was from the good old Ball Blue Book of Canning and it called for flavorings of nutmeg, orange zest, and orange juice to be added along with the sugar. Can you just smell it?! It really filled the house. A side note - the plastic lid next to this jar of pear butter is a new discovery for me this year. "Ball" makes these in the regular and wide mouth sizes and they work great once you've opened a jar - saves having to juggle the ring and lid every time it's re-opened.

The process for butters is pretty much the same as making applesauce, but you then cook it down to a thick state. BTW, it took about 2 hours for the pear mixture to cook down to the right consistency, so it takes some patience. I ended up with more pear pulp than what the recipe was designed for, so I just adjusted the amount of sugar and flavorings and I had a bigger batch that way. It's great to have extra. Some of this will go to Uncle J and Aunt P of course and maybe a few Christmas gifts as well. As you can see in the picture, I canned some in these adorable Christmas jars as well as the plaid ones. I'm an absolute push-over when it comes to cute canning lids and jars.

My remaining pears will go on an appetizer table that I'm doing for our women's gathering at church next week. I have a number of the choicest pears in the frig so they won't ripen all the way just yet, and I'll be making this orange dip for them. It's from Susan Branch's book, Autumn. Under "Favorite Places" on the right side of my blog, I have a link to her site where she lists all her books and they are so charming. I might have a "few" on my shelf!

Orange Dip For Pears
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1/3 C. sour cream
1/3 C mayonnaise
3 Tbs. orange juice concentrate
zest and juice of one orange
1 tsp. ground ginger
Drizzle pears with lemon juice.
Reserve a little zest to garnish dip and whisk all other ingredients together . Serve fruit and dip chilled.

Well, this is all then.


  1. Sounds delicious! Love the new blog wear!

  2. Thanks! I used the site that you used for your Confessions blog and it's awesome. You taught me a new term too - blog wear - love it!