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Hemp Infused Vanilla Spiced Pear Butter

Not your Average Butter Spread

Ahh, the Holidays.  Family, festivities, and plenty of good food.  Some of which should definitely make you feel good too!  A little of this delicious  spread goes a long way, but it's so tasty, you will want to put it on everything from your toast to your icecream!   The pear puree portion makes way more than you need for 1 cup of finished Hemp Pear spread, but you can freeze the rest, or use it for other recipes.  


Lets start with the best (and most important) part!


Cannabis (In this case, Hemp) Infused Butter  

(Yield : ~ 1/2 cup strained butter)


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried Cannabis Flower
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup water

(If making extra, you can maintain the 1:1:1 ratio of Dried Flower : Butter : Water)


Steps:

  1. Decarboxylate the cannabis. Don't be tempted to skip this step and just start the butter infusion.  Decarboxylation opens up the ability for the cannabinoids in Hemp to bind to lipids in your body, so this step makes it work better in edibles.  Plus the butter will taste better!  It's a long name for a simple process, really.  Just preheat your oven to 245ºF. Spread the dry cannabis buds (broken apart works best) on a non-stick, oven-safe tray, covered in foil or parchment paper.  Cook for 30min, shaking the tray to turn the flower every 10min. 
  2. Grind. Grind the decarboxylated cannabis coarsely with a hand grinder or with your hands. Since you are going to strain the plant material out later, size doesnt really matter.  However, smaller pieces have more surface area to give off the cannabinoids into the butter.
  3. Melt the butter. Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of butter into a medium saucepan. Simmer on low to melt the butter. The water helps to regulate the temperature and prevents the butter from scorching.
  4. Add the cannabis. As the butter begins to melt, add in your coarsely ground cannabis.
  5. Simmer. Maintain low heat (ideally above 160ºF but never exceeding 200ºF- you can use a meat or candy thermometer to test) and let the mixture simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. The mixture should never come to a full boil. I find this is very difficult to maintain on an electric stove, so a double boiler is an option here to help maintain a lower temp.
  6. Strain the cannabutter. Set a funnel or mesh strainer on top of a bowl and line it with cheesecloth. Once the butter has cooled slightly, but is still liquid,  pour it over the cheesecloth and allow it to strain freely through.  If you don't have cheesecloth, a good paper towel over a fine mesh strainer works just fine.  Try to resist squeezing the plant material in the cloth though as this may push some bitter-tasting plant material through.


At this point you should have about 1/2 cup of clean butter ready for mixing with the yummy pear puree! If you were making extra for other goodies, set aside the 1/2 cup and refrigerate or freeze the rest. 


Pear Puree


Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. pears, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1/8  cup water
  • juice of 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup Cranberry or Orange Juice


Steps:

  1. In a large stainless steel saucepan, combine the pears, water, lemon zest and juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently, occasionally stirring, for 20 minutes.
  2. Transfer mixture to a food processor fitted with a metal blade and puree just until a uniform texture is achieved. Do not liquefy. The finished product will be thicker and blend better with the butter.
  3. Transfer puree back to the saucepan.  Add sugar,  juice, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg and stir or whisk until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring frequently, until mixture thickens and all the water is absorbed.  This step also reduces and slightly caramelizes the sugar and pears.  Yum!
  5. Put the thickened pear puree in the fridge until it is completely cool.
  6. Once the puree is cooled, the cannabutter should be ready as well.  Place the cannabutter in a large bowl or mixer and whip it until it thickens and fluffs up.  Then add in about 6 heaping tablespoons of the pear puree, or more to taste.  Whip them together until well blended and then fold in using a spatula.
  7. Transfer completed Hemp Pear Butter to a jar with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to use.  


 Try it on toast, vegetables, roasted chicken, or even vanilla icecream for a delicious and cannabinoid filled topping.  Delish! 


P.S. If making with cannabis high in THC, refer to dosing information before adding your butter to any snacks, dishes, or desserts.