To play up the "exotic" angle of the spread, I also added in the merest hints of vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom, then lightly sweetened everything with a hint of maple syrup. It smelled amazing as it was cooking down, and it was a shame I made so little of it - the one jar I didn't water-bath can is long gone now, and the other one is squirreled away for holiday gifts so that we don't get at it sooner! It's thick, spiced and just sweet enough that it would make fantastic toast as well as an awesome accompaniment to roast pork or chicken.
Submitted to Wellness Weekends on Diet, Dessert and Dogs and Gluten Free Fridays on Vegetarian Mamma
Exotic Apple-Pear Butter
Makes 2 cups, 8 (1/4 cup) servings
3 large pears, cored (no need to peel)
4 large apples, cored (no need to peel)
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp water
1 tsp sumac
¼ tsp nutmeg
¼ tsp cardamom
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tbsp lemon juice
- In a food processor or with a box grater, grate the fruit coarsely. Transfer to a large pot.
- Add the remaining ingredients (except vanilla and lemon juice), cover and simmer over medium heat for 45 minutes, until fruit is completely softened.
- With an immersion blender or in the food processor (no need to clean), puree until smooth.
- Pour back into the pot and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 hours - until thick and spreadable.
- If canning, stir in the lemon juice, spoon into sterilized jars and process in a waterbath for 30 minutes. If not, cool to room temperature, then scoop into a covered container and refrigerate (up to 2 weeks) or freeze (up to 6 months).
Total Fat: 0.3 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 0.5 mg
Total Carbs: 28.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g
Protein: 0.5 g