7 ripe pears
2 cinnamon sticks (substitute 1 tsp ground cinnamon if you don’t have 2 sticks)
2-inch knob of ginger
1 pinch of salt
2 tbsp maple syrup sugar (or maple syrup)
I have really good intentions when it comes to eating fruit, but often fall short during the cooler months. This goes back to my Ayurvedic dosha of being a vata. Fruit, when cold outside, tends to make my digestion unhappy–except when cooked! I love adding apples and pears to my root roasts, and making apple and pear butter. Here is a simple recipe on how to make pear butter from 4 ingredients. Low in sugar but packed with flavor. Enjoy!
Peel, core, and chop the pears and add to a large sauce pan. Peel the ginger, slice, and add to the pears. Add the cinnamon sticks, a pinch of salt, and 2 tablespoons maple syrup sugar (you can use regular maple syrup, as well).
Heat over medium heat, smashing contents with a potato masher until boiling. Reduce to a simmer and cover. Allow to cook down, stirring occasionally until it looks like a paste, 2 1/2-3 hours.
Remove the cinnamon sticks and add the pear butter to a food processor.
Blend until smooth.
Yields one perfectly filled to the top 8 ounce glass jar. Enjoy on toast or muffins, or add to marinades or sauces.
Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green BEAN Delivery. She is a mother of two that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her at facebook.com/organicbeth