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Ginger Cardamom Pear Butter

Yield: 1 1/4 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)
4 cups coarsely chopped peeled Bartlett pear (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
2 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Place pears in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Combine pear puree, sugar, and remaining ingredients in a medium sauté pan over medium heat; bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook 3 hours or until mixture is thick.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 72 (1% from fat)
Fat: 0.1g (sat 0.0g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.0g)
Protein: 0.2g
Carbohydrate: 18.9g
Fiber: 1.8g
Cholesterol: 0.0mg
Iron: 0.1mg
Sodium: 30mg
Calcium: 6mg

Pumpkin Butter

Cooking Directions:
3 cups mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan; stir well. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes until mixture is smooth and thickened. Quickly pour pumpkin butter mixture into hot jars, filling to 1/4-inch from top. Wipe jar rims clean. Place lids with bands on and process in a boiling water bath 15 minutes. This recipe yields 4 half pints.

Apple Butter

Makes 2 cups

20 (about 6 1/2 pounds) apples, such as Empire or Golden Delicious , peeled, cored, and quartered
1 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons Calvados, a French apple brandy (regular brandy can be substituted)
1 large cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground mace
1 small pinch of ground cloves
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


Combine apples, apple cider, Calvados, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, mace, cloves, sugar, and lemon juice in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Place mixture over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring often with a large wooden spoon to prevent scorching, until apples are broken down and saucy, about 1 hour. Mash any large pieces of apple with large wooden spoon to help them break down.

Reduce heat to medium. Using a rubber spatula, scrape out apple mixture from pan, and transfer to a small saucepan. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until apples are completely broken down and butter is very thick and dark, about 2 1/2 hours. Remove from the heat, and let stand to cool. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.
From Martha Stewart Living, October 1996

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