Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr
Pears and bright, lemony-spicy ginger are a perfect flavor match. This gingered pear preserves recipe uses two types of ginger - fresh and crystallized - to add complexity and depth to the finished product. Jars of this mildly spiced preserve are a perfect gift during cold winter holidays and wonderful for cool autumn breakfasts. Cook's note: Lemon zest is a crucial ingredient for this recipe and cannot be omitted. It imparts natural pectin to the syrup and thickens the preserves. **Recipe from About.com. French Food
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 3 cups water
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely chopped or grated
- 2 lbs pears, cored, peeled, and quartered
- 3 tablespoons crystallized ginger, chopped (candied ginger)
- Sterilize 6 half-pint jars and lids and set them aside.
- In a large saucepan, heat the sugar, water, lemon juice, lemon zest, and fresh ginger to a boil. Lower the temperature so the mixture is simmering, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
- Add the quartered pears and crystallized ginger to the saucepan and continue cooking for 30 minutes, until the preserves thicken and coat a spoon.
- Pack the pears and gingered syrup into the sterilized jars, and seal in a boiling water canner.