The Ginger Scone Diaries

a perfect pear
August 12, 2009, 3:06 pm
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spiced pear sconelettes, and pear butter

spiced pear sconelettes, and pear butter

:: pear butter ::


  • 4 pounds medium pears, quartered and cored
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


  1. Place pears into a large pot over medium heat, and add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot and keep them from sticking, about 1/2 cup. Cook until the pears are soft, about 30 minutes. Press pears through a sieve or food mill, and measure out 2 quarts of the pulp.
  2. Pour the pear pulp and sugar into a large saucepan and stir to dissolve sugar. Stir in the orange zest, nutmeg and orange juice. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick enough to mound in a spoon. When the mixture begins to thicken, stir frequently to prevent scorching on the bottom. This will take about 1 hour.
  3. Ladle the pear butter into hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 inch of space at the top. Remove air bubbles by sliding a metal spatula around where the pear butter touches the glass. Wipe jar rims clean, and seal with lids and rings. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. The water should cover the jars by 1 inch.
on display

on display

three spiced pear sconelettes

three spiced pear sconelettes


4 Comments so far
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This looks great. How much does it make?

Comment by Laura

thanks! it makes about 2 pints worth.

Comment by petitvacherin

Those little scones are adorable. The pear butter sounds really yummy.

Comment by Heidi

What type of pears did you use? I used the green D’Anjou Pear for this recipe and the color was split pea green and not the beautiful brown in the picture.

Comment by harrisclark1

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