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Prep1 hr 30 mins
This tastes like autumn, but is great any time of year. If fresh pears are not in season, you can use canned pear halves packed in light syrup. Just drain four 16-oz. cans, puree in blender or food processor and simmer with remaining ingredients as directed. This spread is delicious on toast or muffins. It will keep up to 1 month in the refrigerator, so it would make a great gift come holiday season.
- Put pears and water in a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat about 20 minutes until pears are tender, stirring occasionally. Drain.
- Process in 2 batches in food processor or blender until smooth. You will have about 4 cups puree.
- Pour back into same saucepan. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low. Cover pot, leaving lid slightly ajar, and simmer about 1 hour until mixture is shiny and very thick, stirring often.
- Spoon into clean hot jars. Cover tightly, cool and refrigerate.