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Spiced Pear Butter
6 c (about 2 lbs.) ripe pears, chopped and peeled
1/2 c apple juice
1 c sugar
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine pears and apple juice in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until tender. Place pear mixture in a blender or food processor, process until smooth. Combine pureed pear mixture, sugar, cinnamon and cardamom (if desired) in a pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 55 minutes or until mixture is thick, stirring frequently. Stir in vanilla. Cool. Store butter in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 months. Makes 1 3/4 cups