I personally am not a fan of fruit… or anything sweet for that matter. I will eat it occasionally, but I’m not one to seek out an apple or a banana for a snack. Our CSA/grocery pick up last week included a lot of pears, but not normal pears. They were the tiniest pears I had ever seen. My husband loves the fruit, but he felt like it was a waste of time to each such a tiny pear and get three bites from it. When deciding what to do, I wanted to make a yummy preserve because I know he would be more likely to use it on his morning waffles and I could spice it up with vanilla and cinnamon to make it more winter appropriate!
We didn’t have enough pears to make this recipe in bulk, which is what I come across with most recipes, but it can easily be scaled to can your preserves! I personally love to have the preserves in my pantry to grab at any time, but I also love to have this quick and easy recipe to make in small batches when I’m in the mood for a warm and spiced spread for any fresh baked goodies! It also puts use to fruits that the hubby might not grab and eat otherwise.
- 1 lb pears
- juice and zest of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 c. water
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 c. white sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- Peel and chop pears and place into pot with water, lemon juice and lemon zest
- Bring to a boil and reduce heat slightly to a gentle boil
- Gently boil for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Use a fork or masher to break up large chunks and create a consistent texture
- Add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir mixture
- Simmer for an additional 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Let cool and store in your choice of container for up to two weeks, or can the preserves