Vanilla Spice Pear Preserves (small batch)

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.

 

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

      1. Peel and chop pears and place into pot with water, lemon juice and lemon zest
      2. Bring to a boil and reduce heat slightly to a gentle boil
      3. Gently boil for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
      4. Use a fork or masher to break up large chunks and create a consistent texture
      5. Add sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir mixture
      6. Simmer for an additional 30 minutes, stirring occasionally
      7. Let cool and store in your choice of container for up to two weeks, or can the preserves

 

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