November 3, 2009

Pear Honey

This is the time of year when some really lucky people have access to fresh pears! We have planted a pear tree but it still has a few years to go before we get any fruit. I usually manage to get a bucket of pears from an elderly lady down the road from us but someone came along and picked all her pears from her roadside tree this year before anyone else had time to pick them! They could have at least left me a few!

I wanted to share this recipe with those of you who have pears to put up this year. This recipe was my great-grandmothers and my mom somehow tracked her recipe down through relatives and made this last year. It is delicious! I love to eat it on homemade sourdough bread (which I have a starter for fermenting on my kitchen cabinet). My kids like it poured over vanilla ice cream.

Pear Honey
6 - 8 cups finely chopped pears
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple
6 c. sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1/3 c. water
1 (14 oz.) bag shredded coconut (optional)

Peel pears and remove seeds. Chop pears in a food processor until very fine. Mix with lemon juice and 1/3 c. water. Cook in heavy saucepan until pears are very tender. Add coconut if desired, pineapple and sugar. Stir often, will stick easily. Cook until pear honey is thick. Pour into hot, sterilized jars. Adjust lids and bands. Process in hot water bath for 10 minutes.


Anonymous said...

I have never heard of this but would love try it. Pears have been poor in my area this year. I don't mind them but no the shape they are in. :( Enjoy for me. Hugs. Tammy

Rose said...

Oooh that sounds so yummy! Got to admit though you had me going at the title, I thought there might be honey in it. But it sounds delicious nonetheless.

Sunny said...

I will have to save that recipe to try next year. Our young pear tree had 5 nice pears on it this year, hardly enough except to get a taste of future rewards! I have made pear butter before and it is good too, but this sounds good with the pineapple in it! Thanks for posting!

Paul said...

I like pear butter ok, but this sounds great! gonna have to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

I am just about out of pears but I will save this recipe for next year. It sounds delicious!

Have a great day.

Janet, said...

This sounds good. Our pear tree got hit by the frost this spring, so we only had a few pears.I have made pear jam before and love how it sparkles like gold in the jar.

Country Whispers said...

I've never heard of this but it sure sounds good. I received my package from you yesterday and wanted to say Thank You!
I've already started reading the cookbook. I can never pass up a good cookbook!
Have a great day!

Becca said...

This is the same recipe I grew up eating, and it's still one of my favorites! I want to make it myself for the first time, but I'm wondering if I'll be able to make "Freezer Pear Honey" instead of canning it. What do you think?

Anonymous said...

I made Pear Honey by your recipe last night and will jar and BWB it this morning. Thanks for reminding me how delish this stuff is. I am also anxious to try your Mama's sourdough recipe. I already have 3 starters but love to try new ones. Thanks
TX Lady


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