Pear Butter

  • Preparation 15 MIN
    Cooking 3 H
  • Makes about two 250 ml (1 cup) 

  • Freezes



  1. In a large saucepan, cook the pears and lemon juice for 10 minutes over high heat, stirring frequently.
  2. In a food processor, purée the pears until smooth. Strain and return to the same saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours, stirring frequently, until it has the texture of soft butter.
  4. Sweeten to taste.
  5. This butter will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. 


Do not remove the peel: it contains pectin, which helps to thicken the butter.

Step 1
This recipe can also be prepared in the microwave oven. Follow the technique of the Apple Butter in the microwave.

Step 3
Use a splatter guard to prevent messy splashes. Stir more frequently toward the end of cooking because the sweet butter may stick to the bottom of the pan.

Change the flavour!

For variety, add a cinnamon stick, star anise or vanilla bean for the last 30 minutes of cooking.

If you like pears, you will fall for this creamy pear butter to spread on your toast. For dessert, serve with ice cream and a piece of vanilla, chocolate or spices cake.

Healthy Pick

Recipes with the \"Healthy Pick\" stamp have been evaluated by a registered dietitian member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec.