It is the time to start preparing for Christmas, and as we have a pear tree in the garden I decided to make this preserve which is apparently very nice served sliced with cold meats and cheese.
Spiced Christmas Pears
600ml white wine vinegar
225g caster sugar
1 cinnamon stick
5 star anise
10 whole cloves
- Peel the pears but keep them whole leaving the stalks on. Heat the vinegar and sugar, stirring until the sugar has melted. Pour over the pears, poaching for 15 minutes.
- Add the cinnamon, star anise and cloves and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove pears and pack tightly into sterilized jars. Simmer the syrup for a further 15 minutes and then pour over the pears so that the cloves and star anise are packed tightly with the pears. Seal the jars tightly and store in a cool, dark place.
The pears will keep for up to one year unopened. Once opened, store in the fridge and consume within one week.
These will make a pretty foodie gift at Christmas, just make sure you have the will power not to gobble them before it's time.