I'm out of commission for a couple of days because I have a stinkin' kidney stone. However, Aunt Michelle asked me about incorporating fruit butters into recipes. I am not very familiar with fruit butters - making them or using them in recipes, so it was interesting research and passed some time this afternoon for me.
Pear Butter Recipes:
Oat and pear butter muffin
- 1 large egg,
- 1/2 cup, light brown sugar
- 1 cup, pear butter
- 1/2 cup, milk
- 1 1/2 cups, instant oatmeal
- 1 1/4 cups, plain, unbleached flour
- 1 tsp, baking powder
- 1 tsp, baking soda
- 1 tsp, ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp, salt
- 1/4 cup, instant oatmeal
- 1/4 cup, light brown sugar
- 1 tsp, ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp, melted butter
- Pre-heat oven to 375F.
- Grease standard sized, muffin tin, reserve. In a small bowl, combine topping ingredients, reserve.
- Make muffins; whisk eggs with sugar, pear butter, and milk.
- Stir in dry ingredients to muffin mix, till combined.
- Fill each cup 2/3 full, top with topping mix, place in the oven, and cook for approximately 20 minutes (gently press top of the muffin with tip of your finger, if it springs back, they are ready).
Grilled King Salmon with Pear Butter and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 (6-ounce) Alaskan salmon fillets
- Salt and freshly ground white pepper
- preheat grill to medium-high and coat with oil
- season both sides of each salmon fillet with salt and pepper and place on grill
- grill until the center is still slightly pink, 6 to 8 minutes total, rotating fish 90 degrees halfway during cooking on each side to obtain has marks
- remove from grill
- [if the pear butter is already made, warm sauce before serving; be careful not to let it boil or it will separate]
- place the salmon on the plate with the roasted potatoes, drizzle the pear butter over the salmon and serve immediately
Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes:
- 2 pounds assorted small potatoes, such as fingerling, Yukon gold, or red bliss, scrubbed
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 1/2 tablespoons minced mixed fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, and sage
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Halve any larger potatoes so that they will all be about the same size.
- Put potatoes in a large bowl and season with olive oil, salt, and pepper, tossing to coat.
- Transfer potatoes and any oil from the bowl to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and spread into a single layer.
- Roast for 20 minutes, stirring potatoes halfway through with a long-handled spoon.
- Remove potatoes from oven and sprinkle with freshly minced herbs and garlic.
- Return potato mixture to the oven and roast an additional 15 minutes or until tender.
Roast Pork Loin with Peppery Pear Butter
- For the peppery pear butter: 2 1/2 cups peeled and cored pears, cut into chunks
- 1/3 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
For the roast pork loin:
- 1 boneless pork loin, about 1 3/4 pounds
- salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons minced, fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary or tarragon)
- 2/3 cup dry white wine
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Place the pork loin in a roasting pan and sprinkle with the herbs, salt and pepper.
- Pour the wine into the bottom of the pan and baste occasionally. Roast the pork for about 1 1/2 hours until a meat thermometer reads 160°F.
- While the pork is roasting, place the pear chunks in a large, heavy-bottomed, stainless-steel pot. Add the rest of the ingredients for the peppery pear butter.
- Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer until the fruit becomes tender, about 20 minutes.
- Puree in a food mill or blender.
- Remove the pork loin from the oven and let sit for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with the peppery pear butter.
Pumpkin Butter Recipes:
Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup pumpkin butter
- 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
- Combine pecans and 1/4 cup brown sugar; cut in butter or margarine with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
- Beat cream cheese at high speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Add 1/3 cup brown sugar; beat well. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in pumpkin butter. Pour mixture into crust.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes.
- Sprinkle pecan mixture over pie. Bake for 5 additional minutes, or until butter or margarine and sugar melt. Cool on a wire rack. Cover, and chill for at least 4 hours.
Cheesecake Topped Brownies with Pumpkin Butter Swirl
If anybody has recipes that incorporate different types of fruit butters, please let me know! I'd love to share them with people and post them for others to use. Michelle asked specifically for pear and pumpkin butters, but apple, prune, banana butter recipes are all welcome!
I hope to be back up soon cooking yummy dinners for Nick and I -- I know Nick cannot wait. Keep checking back. :)