A fruit butter is a sweet spread made of fruit cooked to a paste, then lightly sweetened. It falls into the same category as jelly and jam. Apple butter and plum butter are common examples. Fruit pastes, popular in Latin American countries, are similar but more highly sweetened and jelled. They are sold in shallow tins or as wrapped bricks, while fruit butters usually come in wide-mouthed jars.
In order to make fruit butter, the fruit is cooked on a low temperature until much of its water has evaporated, and is then blended. Sweeteeners such as honey or sugar are often added, as are spices.
- Apple butter
- Guava paste (Cajeta de guayaba or bocadillo)
- Mango butter or paste (Cajeta de mango)
- Pear butter
- Plum butter (Powidl)
- Pumpkin butter
- Fig butter or paste
- sirop de Liège
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