Pear-Plum Spread Recipe

* Recipe suggests 9 aspartame tablets crushed. Liquid sweetener would require 2 1/4 tsp (my note).

Step 1

Peel and core pears; chop coarsely. Place in a large saucepan and sprinkle with ascorbic acid color keeper. Remove pits from plums and cut each plum into 8 pieces. Stir plums into pears.

Step 2

Wrap plum pits, cloves and ginger, if desired, in a piece of cheesecloth and place under some of the fruit. Add cinnamon stick and water.

Step 3

Cover, bring to a boil and simmer 15 to 20 min or until fruit is tender. Discard spice bag and cinnamon stick. Puree fruit mixture in a blender or food processor or press through a sieve.

Step 4

Return to saucepan. Simmer, uncovered 15 to 20 min or until mixture coats a metal spoon.

Step 5

Remove from heat. Stir in sweetener. Ladle into hot clean jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe jar rims, seal. Process 10 min in a boiling water bath. Store in a cool, dark, dry place.

Step 6

Processing may be omitted if spreads are to be used within a short period of time. Store in the fridge up to 1 month or freezer up to 3 months.

Makes about 3 1/4 cups, each serving 1 tbsp 3 g carbohydrate, 12 calories, 1 ++ extra

Source: Choice Cooking, Canadian Diabetes Association 1986 Shared but not tested by Elizabeth Rodier Aug 93

Things You'll Need

  • 4md Pears
  • 2ts Ascorbic acid color keeper
  • 5 Red plums
  • 1ts Whole cloves
  • 1sm Piece fresh ginger, optional
  • 1 Cinnamon stick 3"
  • 1/2c Water
  • 9ts Artificial sugar = to sugar*

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