Honey Cardamom Pear Butter

I have a strained relationship with pears. I like them in theory – they are grown locally, have a great taste, are a good source of fibre, and look pretty cute too (it helps that many of them are my favourite colour – green). But there’s just one thing – I don’t like to eat them as is. It’s their texture. Something about it isn’t quite right for me, and it turns me off the whole pear experience. Much like a softer apple (I’m looking at you red and golden delicious), but a little grainier. I want to love you pears, I really do. But you make it so difficult sometimes.


Now, I could just not bother eating pears. I am under no obligation to buy them. But every other week I get a produce box from Home Sweet Home Grocery here in Prince George, and seeing as it’s winter, I usually end up with either apples or pears for my fruit component. It has forced me to find a way to love these pears, otherwise they just start piling up in my fruit crisper in the fridge. I’ve used them in smoothies, put them through the juicer, and made muffins. But I still had pears, and needed something new. I put out a call on Twitter for suggestions. I pondered over culinary delights. Then it came to me – why not make pear butter?


Finally, I had a purpose for all those pears patiently waiting in the fridge. I would turn them and their unappealing texture into a smooth, rich spread I could put on my morning oatmeal or on a nice slice of toasted sourdough. Something that packs a ton of pear flavour into a spoonful. Something that would make me love pears. I decided to add some cardamom, as it adds a subtle floral note, and sweetened it a up a touch with some local honey. The great thing about pear butter is it’s easy to make – you just need to do a little chopping, and have some patience as it bubbles away on the stove, slowly becoming a thick, flavourful spread rich with flavour. It takes time, but it’s totally worth it. Especially if means pears and I can finally be friends.



Honey Cardamom Pear Butter

makes approx. 1 1/2 cups

The perfect recipe for a lazy Sunday afternoon, this pear butter is easy to make, but takes patience as it slowly turns into a rich, flavourful spread. Cardamom adds a nice floral note, pairing (pearing?) perfectly with the sweetness of the honey. Use it to jazz up a bowl of oatmeal, some Greek yogurt, or spread thick on a slice of nice rustic sourdough bread.



  • 6 cups cored & chopped pears
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2+ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp vanilla


1. Combine pears, water, honey, and cardamom in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then turn down to medium-low heat until the pears break down. Remove from heat.

2. Using an immersion blender, blender, or food processor, puree the pear mixture until smooth. Return to saucepan, and continue to simmer over low heat, stirring frequently. Allow mixture to simmer until it has a thick and spreadable consistency – this may take 2 or more hours.

3. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla. Allow to cool, and store in an airtight container in the fridge for a few weeks.


Note: Cardamom can be a very potent spice, so start with 1/2 tsp, and adjust to your tastes. Remember, the flavour will intensify as the mixture continues to cook.


Pears – love ‘em? Leave ‘em? How do you like to enjoy them?

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Categories: BC, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Fruit, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Local, Nut Free, Recipe, Seasonal, Snack, Vegetarian


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3 Comments on “Honey Cardamom Pear Butter”

  1. Kristin
    February 11, 2015 at 9:42 pm #

    Would this still work without adding the sugar?

  2. March 7, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    how delicious does this sound! it reminds me of fall in the best of ways. so warming yet bright and springy too. xo


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