Sunday, December 11, 2011

Spiced Pickled Pears - 12 Days of Christmas Special

On the 6th day we had Pickled Pears! I love those Christmas feasts with Roast meats on the table.  This recipe is a perfect addition. Spicy pickled pears are wonderful with cold meats or poultry and you can substitute apples in this recipe if you prefer.

Spiced Pickled Pears


  • 1.4kg of cooking pears
  • Slightly salted cold water
  • 1 pint distilled white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1.4kg of granulated sugar
  • Peel of 1/2 lemon

Peel, halve (or quarter) and core the pears and place in the salty water to stop them going brown.

Mix a little of the vinegar with the spices and put the remaining vinegar and the sugar into a pan with the lemon rind.

Heat gently until the sugar dissolves completely, then add the spice mixture and bring to the boil.

Rinse the pears and place in the pan.  Simmer gently until the pears look clear and are tender, but you don't want them to break.

Remove the pears using a perforated spoon and place in a warm serilised jar,  Take out the lemon peel from the pan and let the liquid boil until it is thickened and syrup like.  Pour the syrup over the pears to cover them completely and seal the jars straight away.

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