Pear Honey Fig Butter
I had some overripe pears sitting in my fruit basket and wanted to do something with them instead of just tossing them out. I’m not sure if it was the chill in the air or what, but the thought of a fruit butter popped into my head. I added some figs from our fig tree, some local honey and – voila! – deliciousness. The figs add a fantastic rose hue to the butter. Spread it on toast or eat it with crackers and cheese. I even swirled it in my oatmeal this morning…
- 5 ripe pears (whatever variety suits your fancy - I had Bartlett) peeled, cored, roughly chopped
- 1 cup fresh figs (skins on) roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup honey (more or less depending on sweetness of fruit)
- Juice from 1/2 a medium sized lemon
- 1/3 cup water
1Add all of the listed ingredients in a heavy sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until liquid has evaporated and mixture has reduced. Fruit will begin to break down and juices will be thick and sticky.
2Remove from heat and CAREFULLY puree mixture in small batches until smooth, returning puree to sauce pan.
3Simmer to further reduce if not thick enough; otherwise, ladle into jars and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
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