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.
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.
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