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How to Make Fruit Butter

How to Make Fruit Butter


I had no idea how easy—and economical—it is to create a fresh and healthy spread until I made my own fruit butter, minus even a smidgen of butter!

First, here’s the recipe:

  • Take a big fruit, such as apple, pear or peach.
  • Peel and chop it, discarding any bruised parts.
  • Cook it in cold water just enough to cover the fruit, and strain through a sieve. You can add a little sugar: I prefer not to, letting the natural sweetness of the fruit pamper my palate.

So, this is your apple/pear/peach butter, called thus because its silken texture is exactly like butter. If you make a stiff fruit puree, you can give it a lovely old fashioned name: fruit cheese.

Spread your soft fruit butter on toast, waffles, scones or pancakes. It’s a healthful, sin-free treat. Bonus: you get to use up all that fruit sitting in your basket!

According to Ayurveda, cooked fruit, particularly apples and peaches, are nutritional gold, bestowing you with ojas, or inner radiance. If you’d like to learn more about the ayurvedic benefits of fruit, click here.

Tasty Tips:

  • Don’t cook the fruit too much, for it will lose its flavor and goodness.
  • Spoon your fruit butter into a little jar, tie a festive ribbon on the jar, and gift it to a friend or neighbor.
  • Most stone fruits work well for making fruit butters.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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10:58AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

good to know

11:18AM PST on Jan 10, 2012


7:20AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Thanks also for the link to Ayurveda info on fruits.

8:37AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

a little vague.

8:36AM PST on Nov 14, 2011

a little vague.

4:24AM PDT on Nov 3, 2011


2:41PM PDT on Nov 1, 2011

Thank you.

6:40AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Cooked apples are the only Ayurvedic cure I like. :-)

3:37AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Thx for that super easy fruit butter recipe.

2:42PM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

cmon tell us for how long and does it cook in cold water?

i know fish can cook in lemon but specifics would help for such a fascinating spread like this.

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