Apples Meet Pears!

Languishing over the rays of sunshine these past days, I begin to feel the season shifting in the air. In celebration of the changes, this Apple Pear Butter combines the taste of fall and the aromas of the earth.
I typically head out this time of year scavenging wild apples and if I am lucky to come across abandon pear tree that's even better.
I enjoy leaving the skin on the apples and pears for this recipe. I like the flecks of skin in the sauce for it's color, taste and nutritional value.


2 lbs mixed organic apples cored (I leave the skin on)
1 lb organic  pears cored (I leave the skin on)
1/2 cup organic apple cider or juice, or water
1/2 tsp. cinnamom
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
2 TB  Justamere's Maple Syrup


Cut apples and pears into 1 inch chunks. Place in a medium saucepan with juice, cinnamon, and ginger. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until fruit is very soft, about 30 minutes. Stir in Justamere's maple syrup and continue to simmer until very thick, about 45 minutes - 1 hour, stirring occasionally. During the last 15 minutes, stir more frequently to prevent sticking and burning. Mash with fork or, for a smoother consistency, puree in a food processor.

Enjoy this condiment with a pork roast, a goat cheese sandwich or toast.