Boiled Apple-Pear Syrup

| 9/30/2015 10:03:00 AM

Tags: apples, pears, syrup, natural sweeteners, recipes, Renee Pottle, Washington,


Luckily I live in an area that grows lots and lots of apple varieties. I don’t have any apple trees myself, but always have a plethora of options at the Farmer’s Market. And if I am willing to purchase apples with scars and a few bruises I can get them for around fifty cents per pound.

It’s hard to turn down this great offer, so I often go home with 25 pounds of apples. Then reality sets in: “I have to process all these apples!”

Over the years, I have dried apples, made applesauce, cooked with apples – a lot – and even canned the occasional jar of apple-plum jelly. But this year I solved the too many apples problem once and for all. I made Boiled Apple-Pear Syrup.

What Is Boiled Apple-Pear Syrup?

As a cookbook author, I spend a fair amount of time researching new ingredients. One ingredient that keeps popping up lately is boiled apple cider. Boiled apple cider is exactly what it sounds like: apple cider boiled down to a syrup-like consistency. It is an old-fashioned sweetener much like molasses or honey that is experiencing a revived popularity.

Boiled apple-pear syrup is similar, but not quite the same. When making boiled apple-pear syrup the fruit is cooked first, then pressed, then the juice is boiled down to a syrup. Unlike homemade apricot syrup or rose syrup, no sugar is added to boiled apple-pear syrup. All of the sweetness comes from the fruits’ natural sugars.

10/12/2015 9:45:10 AM

I tried this..and it sounds so mindlessly easy.. I tried it the way it is written.. took 5 layers of cheese cloth and still the pulp squeezed through and got maybe 1/2 up of juice from my cooked fruit... not even worth boiling down (so I drank it!) I tried it a second time.. used 9 layers of cheese cloth and tried pressing the bundle between two cutting boards... still didn't yeaild enough. After getting a 3 year old to sit on top of the boards Finally I just left it haging over a bowl over night hoping more would just drip out... I still only got a single cup of juice. I tried it again a third time... I gave up and just boiled down some apple and pear ciders from my local orchard So what am I doing wrong?... There seems to be plenty of juice in the fruit when I eat it.. They are all fully cooked.. Do they need to be older fruit.. not so fresh off the tree?... I was using fresh picked fruit

9/30/2015 9:35:12 PM

This sounds delicious! Do you think this would work using an electric pressure cooker instead of a slow cooker?

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