Apple-Pear Butter

I’m often amused at myself and how I’ve changed as a baker. I’ve gone from someone who used to rely heavily on things like pre-made pie crusts to someone who makes homemade marshmallows. When did that happen?

And now, I bring you Apple-Pear Butter.

I’ve baked with prepared apple butter, but it never really occurred to me until the last month or so that I could just make my own. I blame it on our CSA. For a while, there were bags of apples and pears waiting on us every week. When you have that many apples and pears, you start thinking outside the usual baking suspects. And, that’s how you end up making Apple-Pear Butter.

Apple-Pear Butter is so simple to make and so versatile! Serve it with waffles, biscuits, pound cake, and more. - Bake or Break

It really couldn’t be much simpler to make something this incredibly good. If you can slice fruit, measure, stir, and turn on the stovetop, you’ve got this. And a big plus is how amazing your kitchen will smell while it’s cooking.

Serve this delicious spiced sauce on biscuits or waffles or a baguette or pound cake or whatever else you can imagine. I highly recommend making a quick batch of Cinnamon Sugar Biscuits. That’s what I did, and we very much enjoyed an ultra-cinnamon treat.

A blender will help you make your Apple-Pear Butter nice and smooth. Scroll past the recipe for a great Vitamix giveaway!

Apple-Pear Butter

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: about 3 cups

Apple-Pear Butter


  • 4 pounds total of cooking apples and pears, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice


Place apples, pears, and apple cider in a large heavy pot. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Cover and continue cooking 20 to 30 minutes, or until fruit is well softened.

Place about half of the fruit mixture in a blender. Purée until smooth. Pour into a medium bowl. Repeat with remaining fruit mixture.*

Return fruit mixture to pot. Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Stir in sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Continue to simmer for 1 to 2 hours, or until the mixture thickens and turns deep brown. Stir frequently.

Cool to room temperature. Then, transfer to airtight container(s) and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.


*If you don't have a blender, you can use an immersion blender or try using a potato masher. It might not be completely smooth, but it will be fine.

Recipe slightly adapted from Serious Eats.

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  1. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken November 19, 2013 Reply

    The apple-pear butter looks delicious! I would love some on my toast this morning.

  2. I really like that you used both apples AND pears, that is something I have never seen before!

  3. tahnycooks November 19, 2013 Reply

    I love apple butter with clove in it! Then add the pear…this can only be delicious! Great recipe!

  4. Tania @ Run To Radiance November 19, 2013 Reply

    That looks so awesome! I really want to sign up for a CSA because I feel like it forces you to be creative with your food. Your photography is gorgeous also! :)

  5. Becca @ Crumbs November 19, 2013 Reply

    Thanks for the recipe – in the UK apple butter is very hard (if not impossible!) to find so this will be great for me =)

  6. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) November 19, 2013 Reply

    Apples and pears in a butter, oh my! Sounds too delish!

  7. Joanne November 19, 2013 Reply

    It is pretty funny to look back at the early days of my blog and see how many shortcuts I took then…and now it’s almost all homemade all the time! I still haven’t gone the homemade fruit butter route yet…but you have quite a convincing argument for it right here.

  8. vanillasugarblog November 20, 2013 Reply

    I’m still all about the shortcuts; I love them especially when money is tight.
    And homemade fruit butter is really cheap to make, and can be used in so many different ways when you think about it. Not to mention the amount of flavor it brings in just a little bit.

  9. Anna November 26, 2013 Reply

    I never thought I liked apple butter until I learned to make it in the slow cooker. It also makes the house smell so good!

  10. smruti November 27, 2013 Reply

    i can’t find apple cider where I live–would apple juice be ok?

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry November 27, 2013 Reply

      Apple juice would likely be the closest thing to substitute.

  11. Helen Davies February 20, 2014 Reply

    I love your recipes, thank you. Will try this on the weekend.

  12. Donna October 26, 2014 Reply

    The apple pear butter is on the stove … the taste and aroma is amazing!! I am going to can this … canning it should be okay, right?!? Thanx sooo much for this recipe!!

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry October 28, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Donna. I’ve never canned this recipe, so I can’t tell you for sure. But, if prepared properly, my guess is that it would be fine. Sorry I can’t be more help!

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