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This is definitely NOT your Grandma’s recipe!  A red-wine sugar syrup gives my Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter a lovely rosy hue that’s perfect for the holiday season!

RED WINE-GINGER PEAR BUTTER

Use my Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter to make Crispy 5-Spice Pork & Rosy Pear Butter Bites for your holiday gatherings this season!  And since my pear butter recipe makes 3 whole cups, you’ll have plenty left over to give as holiday gifts too!

This recipe is incredibly simple to make and requires only three ingredients—pears, a little liquid, and sugar. I personally like to use apple cider at this time of year, but apple juice or water is just fine too.

  • Since the recipe is more proportions than measurements, it can easily be increased if you want plenty for gift-giving.
  • You have a choice of how you want to cook down your pear puree too.   You can use a slow cooker, stovetop or even your oven.
  • Then you can choose to keep it refrigerated for use within a couple of weeks, freezing, or canning it.

 

FIRST, WE MAKE PEAR PUREE

The first step in making my Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter is to prepare the pear puree for reduction. red wine ginger pear butter in crock with indian corn

  • You’ll be placing the pears and liquid in a saucepan and bringing it to a boil. 
  • Then the heat will be reduced and you’ll let it simmer until the pears have broken down.
  • Finally, pass the pears through a sieve or food mill to remove any hard bits.

 

When you have a nice smooth pear puree to work with, you’ll follow the recipe to add the sugar, wine and ginger. Then it must cook down long enough for most of the moisture to cook out.

Now’s the time to choose which method you’ll use to bring your pear puree to it’s final texture and consistency.

 

CROCK POT, STOVE TOP & OVEN METHODS FOR MAKING PEAR BUTTER

SLOW COOKER METHOD

  • Place sweetened pear puree in a slow cooker with the lid partially off to let steam escape
  • Set at low and cook, stirring occasionally, for six to 12 hours or overnight until thick enough

 

STOVE TOP METHOD

  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook the pear puree over low heat, partially covered.  Cook for 2-2 1/2 hours, canning red wine ginger pear butterstirring occasionally to keep from scorching 

 

OVEN METHOD

  • Heat oven to 250 F. Place the sweetened pulp in a heatproof casserole dish or roaster
  • Bake, stirring occasionally, for one to three hours, or until it reaches the desired consistency

 

Once your pear butter has reached the desired consistency, you have three choices.  One, is to store the finished Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.  Or,  freeze it for up to 12 months in a tightly covered container.

The other option is to can your Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter to store it in your pantry, or give as holiday gifts.

 

 

HOW TO CAN YOUR RED WINE-GINGER PEAR BUTTER

  • Place the hot pear butter into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 inch of headspace
  • Cover canning jar with hot sterilized lids and rings, keeping the ring 
  • Process in a hot water bath for 10-12 minutes
  • Remove the jars to a counter and allow them to cool completely
  • Store your Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter in a cool, dry, dark place

 

canning red wine-ginger pear butter

NAN’S TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST RED WINE-GINGER PEAR BUTTER

  • When freezing the pear butter, be sure to label the freezer-safe containers with the contents and the date
  • If you want to preserve your pear butter for use in coming months you’ll need to use a hot water canning process.  Please review home canning procedures and make sure you have the necessary supplies before beginning
  • Use my Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter Gift Hang Tags to make your holidays gifts that much more special

 

CRISPY 5-SPICE PORK & ROSY PEAR BUTTER BITES

crispy 5 spice pork and rosy pear butter bites trio on round wood slice

So pretty with a dollop of Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter peeking out from under a pile of Crispy 5-Spice Pork!  They’re both nestled in dainty crisp puff pastry shells for a delightfully pretty and delicious appetizer at your holiday season gatherings!

Since you’ve made up a big batch of Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter, how about a fabulous recipe to use in?  I was putting my most recent batch in the refrigerator and remembered I had some Chinese BBQ Pork leftovers.

It’s one of the recipes I’ll be featuring soon in the first installment of my Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner.  The first week’s theme is “World Tour Week”, so Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork fits right in!

 

crispy 5 spice pork and rosy pear butter bites ingredients

IT’S A SIMPLE RECIPE, FAST TO ASSEMBLE & SERVE!

I love to have a few holiday appetizers and hor d’oeuvres ready to go this time of year.  With your Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter ready to go, you’re ready to put this fabulous canape on your holiday menus.

chinese bbq pork on white dish with red chopsticksNext you’ll need some tasty Chinese BBQ Pork!  I’ve got a fabulous version that I think you’ll adore!

It’s quick-roasted at a high heat until the Asian sauce is glazed and crispy.  

CLICK HERE TO GET THE RECIPE FOR: CHAR SIU CHINESE BBQ PORK

Or take a great shortcut.  Pick up some Chinese BBQ Pork from your favorite take-out joint or use bottled sauce on plain roasted pork.  It’s the holidays, go for fab foods, but keep the stress out of the kitchen!

 

THE VERSATILITY OF FROZEN PUFF PASTRY – A Holiday Convenience Food!

crispy 5 spice pork and rosy pear butterWhen you’re making your grocery list, be sure you include 2 packages of frozen puff pastry shells.  This recipe makes 12 generous hors ‘doeuvre.   Make sure you keep the pastry shells in the freezer until you’re ready to bake them.

I actually like to keep a few packages on hand all season long for a great way to get fancy with holiday leftovers.  Almost anything will taste fabulous in puff pastry enrobed with a lovely sauce!  It’s a quick way to make a special holiday breakfast too! 

For example, last year I served this for New Year’s Day brunch!

  • Puff pastry shells filled with herbed cream cheese, topped with a pile of fluffy scrambled eggs. I cooked up some bits of New Year’s Eve ham and green onions in brown sugar and sage to crown the tops.  It was truly divine!

 

CLICK HERE TO GET THE RECIPE FOR THIS FABULOUS HOLIDAY HORS D’ OEUVRE: CRISPY 5-SPICE PORK & ROSY PEAR BUTTER BITES

 

RED WINE-GINGER PEAR BUTTER GIFT HANG TAGS PDF

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When you take all the time and effort into making a fabulous condiment for your holiday celebration dishes, make lots!

This is the kind of holiday recipe that’s perfect to package up and give for gifts.  You know how you need to give all the gals in your book club “a little somethin’, somethin”?

And what about your office pals and the kids’ teachers?  Here’s your answer, especially if you take the red wine ginger pear butter in crock with indian corntime to can your jars for long-term storage as I explained earlier.

So, now you just need to download your Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter Gift Hang Tags and start gathering some great packaging

You can choose to download just one of the hang tag pages, or both, depending on how you’ll be using them.

Just download and print the FREE PDF and you’re in business. 

 

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red wine-ginger pear butter with mini carafe of wine and pears

Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter

Yield: Approx. 3 Cups
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

This is definitely NOT your Grandma's recipe! The red-wine sugar syrup give this pear butter a lovely rosy hue that's perfect for the holiday season! Use it to make Crispy 5-Spice Pork & Rosy Pear Butter Bites for your holiday gatherings.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. assorted pears, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 2/3 cup apple juice, cider or water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup red wine (sweet or dry is fine)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 - 1/2" thick slices fresh ginger root

Instructions

  1. Add the pears, liquid of choice, sugar, salt and lemon juice to a large saucepan. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until pears have completely broken down. Pass the pears through a sieve or food mill.
  2. While pears are cooking, place red wine and sugar in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved and continue to cook until mixture comes to a simmer.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and cook until mixture thickens into a slightly syrupy consistency. (the mixture should coat the back of a spoon) Let cool until pears are ready.
  4. Put the pureed pears back into the large saucepan and add the red wine syrup and fresh ginger slices and stir to combine.
  5. Place saucepan over low heat and cover. Cook, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching, until the pear mixture has reduced and become extremely thick and smooth. You'll want to check it and stir more often as the pear butter starts to approach it's final consistency. (SEE NOTE FOR SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS)
  6. When pear butter has reduced and thickened enough, remove from heat and remove the ginger slices and discard. Let mixture cool completely before refrigerating. IF YOU ARE CANNING YOUR PEAR BUTTER, CONTINUE WITH CANNING PROCESS WITH HOT RED WINE-GINGER PEAR BUTTER.
  7. Red Wine-Ginger Pear Butter will last in your refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or freezer for up to 1 year.

Notes

SLOW COOKER METHOD: Place the red-wine pear mixture in a slow cooker with the lid ajar. Cook on low setting, stirring occasionally, for 6-12 hours, or until very thick and most of the moisture has been evaporated.

Nutrition Information
Yield 57 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 41Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 0g
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