How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes)

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter from theviewfromgreatisland.com

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ fruit butters are the ultimate frugal treat ~ they turn a late summer glut into the silkiest, most intensely flavored spread imaginable, and help stock the larder for so many cozy fall and winter recipes to come.  

Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Butter from theviewfromgreatisland.com

 

What is fruit butter?

Fruit butter is fresh fruit that has been cooked thoroughly, then pureed, and cooked a little further to reduce it to a smooth spread.  Often it is put through a mesh strainer to refine it further.  Fruit butter differs from most jams and jellies not only because the texture is much smoother, but because there is no pectin added, the thickening comes from slowly cooking off the moisture in the fruit.  A true fruit butter has a unique silky mouth feel and intense fruit flavor.  Fruit butters are perfect for cooks who don’t have much experience with jam or jelly making because it’s almost foolproof.  Just cook, puree, and cook some more :)

Intensifying flavor by reducing, or cooking down, is a time honored culinary tradition and is the secret to so many great recipes.  Fruit butter illustrates this technique in its purest form.

Of all the fruit preserves, fruit butter is my favorite. Luckily, it can be made with nearly any kind of fruit ~ everything from mangoes and persimmons to figs and  cranberries.  Here are some of the best fruit butter recipes to get you started…

 


 

SLOW COOKER APPLE BUTTER ~ Dessert for Two

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ apple butter

 


 

APRICOT LAVENDER BUTTER ~ SPUD.CA

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ lavender butter

 


 

PLUM BUTTER ~ Savory Simple

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ plum butter

 


 

EASY PEACH BUTTER ~ Two Peas & Their Pod

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ peach butter

 


 

VANILLA SPICED PEAR BUTTER ~ Baked in AZ

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ pear butter

 


 

CRANBERRY APPLE BUTTER ~ The View From Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Sugar Cranberry Apple Butter ~ theviewfromgreatisland.com

 


 

BLUEBERRY BUTTER ~ bbc.com

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ BLUEBERRY BUTTER

 


 

CROCK POT PUMPKIN BUTTER ~ The View from Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Pumpkin Butter made in the slow cooker

 


 

MONKEY BUTTER ~ 12 Tomatoes

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ MONKEY BUTTER

 


 

RHUBARB BUTTER ~ The View From Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ How to make Rhubarb Butter

 


 

PASSIONFRUIT BUTTER~ Belly Rumbles

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Passionfruit butter

 


 

STRAWBERRY HONEY BUTTER ~ The Butter Half

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ strawberry butter

 


 

BOURBON BANANA BUTTER ~ The View From Great Island

How to Make Fruit Butter (13 Recipes) ~ Luscious Banana Butter

 

What to do with your fruit butters ~

If you need a little inspiration for using up your delicious fruit butters, try these ideas.

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17 Comments

  • Reply
    David
    August 16, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Love this round up of fruit butters! Need to try quite a few…

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    Gerlinde @ Sunnycovechef
    August 13, 2018 at 6:03 am

    I love all the different recipes for your fruit butters. My friend has a lot of different pear trees and I can’t wait to make your recipe.

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      Sue
      August 13, 2018 at 7:33 am

      Pear butter’s one of my favorites, love it with vanilla bean <3

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Now I need more fruit so I can make some of these beautiful butters! Terrific roundup Sue ;)

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    Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    August 12, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I’ve got to try that pumpkin butter and the banana. Great line-up Sue.

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    Wendy
    August 12, 2018 at 11:13 am

    This compilation is wonderful, thank you. Since I have a pile of almost over ripe peaches just waiting for attention I chose the peach butter. I’m not so sure about the vanilla. How long should I water bath ½ pints of this Peach Butter?

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      Sue
      August 12, 2018 at 11:31 am

      That recipe is written as a refrigerator recipe, and so I’m not sure about canning it. You can freeze it for longer storage though. I’m hesitant to recommend canning instructions since I’m not absolutely sure. Here is a recipe specifically for canned peach butter ~ https://www.nwcherries.com/peachbutter

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    Lynn A
    August 12, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Making apple butter is a yearly tradition for me. One of my favorite things to do with it, besides spread it on toast or English muffins, is to use it with a pork tenderloin. I roast the pork, along with cut up sweet potatoes and, during the last few minutes of cooking, I slather on a layer of apple butter. The butter mingles with the pan juices and gives the sweet potatoes a delicious, cinnamon-y flavor kick. Your recipe photos are, as always, beautiful and I love it that your recipes are so in tune with the season!

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      Sue
      August 12, 2018 at 10:14 am

      Thank you so much Lynn, I try especially hard to be on target seasonally with these Sunday posts! And you can bet I’ll be trying your pork idea, tenderloin is my favorite cut.

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    Diana Dwan
    August 12, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Oh, Yum-OLA!!!!! Thanks so much for these ideas. I’ll be trying some soon.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 12, 2018 at 10:03 am

      I’m always looking for new words to describe delicious food Diana, so I’m going to have to borrow yum-ola :)

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    Virginia Graves
    August 12, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Why are the recipes so hard to find?

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      Lynn A
      August 12, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Virginia, if you click on the recipe title name, it should open a new window with the recipe. At least that’s the way I do it.

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        Sue
        August 12, 2018 at 10:05 am

        Thanks Lynn!

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        Virginia Graves
        August 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm

        Ok thanks so much I was clicking on the picture

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    2pots2cook
    August 12, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Why am I not surprised? :-) Another beauty to share …

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 12, 2018 at 7:14 am

      haha, have a tasty Sunday :)

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