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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

pear and cardamom butter

How to make pear and cardamom butter recipe - The complex flavors of pears and cardamom are an exciting twist on the more usual apple butter.

MAKES 2 x 10fl oz (300ml) jars

PREP TIME 15 mins, COOK TIME 1 hr, plus cooling

4 pears, about 14oz (400g) in total
3⁄4 cup apple cider vinegar
1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
1⁄2 tbsp cardamom pods, ground
pinch of salt

1 Core and peel the pears, as shown in the technique below, then roughly chop. In a saucepan, combine the pears, vinegar, 1⁄2 cup of water, sugar, cardamom, and salt. Bring to a boil on high heat, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, or until the pears are tender. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely for about 1 hour.

2 Blend in a food processor, or purée with a hand-held blender. Spread generously on toast and serve with hot coffee.

The spread will keep for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

1 Use a melon baller or a teaspoon to scoop out the small core in the base of the pear.

2 Use a vegetable peeler or a small, sharp knife to pare off the skin thinly and evenly, then remove the stalk.
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