We teamed up with Vitamix to bring you festive recipes, like this Pear Butter, using their Winter Spice Mix!
Roasted Pear Butter with Maple and Bourbon
makes 10 cups
15 lb pears (I used Bosc) halves and cored, stems removed
2 cups maple syrup
1 cup bourbon
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp Vitamix Winter Spice Blend
1/2 cup organic cane sugar
Water as needed to purée the cooked pear.
Preheat oven to 400F
Place pears gave up on parchment line baking sheets and toast for 50 minutes, alternating racks every 15 or so minutes for even cooking.
In your largest heavy bottomed pots (Inused two 6 qt pots), add roasted pears with water (adding extra water 1/2 c at a time if needed), maple syrup, bourbon, lemon, vanilla and salt. Cover and simmer until pears are tender.
Do not discard sweet cooking liquid. Using a slotted spoon, add pears to your Vitamix, working in batches and purée cooked pears until velvety smooth and set aside.
Transfer remaining liquid to one of the pots, add sugar bring to a boil, stirring frequently, reduce heat to medium and simmer and continue to stir until thick and syrupy, almost caramel like. Add Winter Spice Blend.
Return puréed pears to pot with syrup and simmer over med/low heat for one hour or more, uncovered, stirring occasionally to avoid any burning at the bottom. Continue to simmer until desired consistency is reached. Mixture may splatter, adjust heat accordingly.
Pear butter will keep refrigerated for up to three weeks. If gifting, consider preserving responsibly.
For more recipes made by The Feedfeed community using the Winter Spice Mix head here!