I have always enjoyed making Jams, jellies and preserves of all kinds. Using the internet gives you such wide access to many recipes. Last year I discovered 'Apple Butter' that can be made in the 'slowpot', 'Crockpot'. My neighbour gave me a large bag of apples and they needed preserving. The Apple Butter made the house smell fantastic as it slowly cooked away, spiced with cinnamon. This week I had a punnet of pears, they quickly turned too soft for school lunches. I am trying hard to be thrifty and did not want to throw them away. So I made 'Pear and Vanilla Butter'. I am very pleased with the result, it tastes delicious. I made it in the 'slowpot'. I peeled all of the pears and put them in the pot on the high setting, without any liquid. I added roughly the same volume of sugar to pear. Then I added a couple of splashes of 'real' vanilla essence. I cooked it on high for approximately 3 hours and then propped the lid for a further 2 hours, until the mixture had reduced, thickened and reached a setting point . The result was one jar of thick, sticky, Pear and Vanilla Butter and it has a lovely hint of toffee and caramel flavour. I have had some good advice that it is delicious on 'Blue Cheese Scones'. I feel another 'Scone' recipe coming on!