Slow Cooked Spicy Apple-Pear Butter

Diane Hopson Smith


This recipe is percisely why I love my slow cooker!

Experiment with a variety of apples and pears. Add extra sugar if fruit is tart and use less if fruit is sweet.

Super easy to make and super good!

Hope you enjoy!

★★★★★ 4 votes
6 to 7 pints
45 Min
10 Hr 45 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


6 to 8 lb
apples and pears, peeled, cored and sliced (i used a variety of apples and pears)
2 1/2 c
sugar (reduce amount for a tarter taste)
1 c
light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 Tbsp
ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp
ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp
ground cloves
1/4 tsp
1 Tbsp
pure vanilla extract, optional

How to Make Slow Cooked Spicy Apple-Pear Butter


  • 1Peel, core and slice apples and pears thin.
  • 2In a medium bowl, combine sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt; whisk to combine.
  • 3Place about 1/4 of the apples and pears in the crock pot, sprinkle 1/4 of the sugar mixture over the fruit in slow cooker; toss to combine. Begin layering the rest of the fruit and sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture until cooker is full. NOTE: Fill the crock pot up plus some extra. The fruit will cook down.
  • 4Cook on low setting for 10 hours; stirring occassionally. Mixture will thicken and become dark as it cooks.
  • 5After 10 hours; stir in the vanilla. Use and immersion blender to puree the fruit until smooth. Continue cooking on low another 2 hours uncovered.
  • 6Ladle hot apple-pear butter into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims of the jars clean with clean damp cloth, cover with hot sterilized lids, and screw bands on.
  • 7Allow jars to rest undisturbed on countertop for six hours or overnight.Check lids to ensure they sealed.
  • 8Apple butter will keep for up to one year in a cool, dark place.

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About Slow Cooked Spicy Apple-Pear Butter

Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American