Sweet Preserved Pears
An all-season treat for topping desserts and more.
Extend pear season into the entire year with this sweet recipe. Inspired by the German fruit preserving tradition of “rumptof”, the resulting pears have a slightly more complex flavor owing to the dried fruits and vanilla—making them a perfect complement to baked desserts and ice cream alike.
2 Lbs. Pears (halved, peeled and cored)
½ Lb. Dried Fruit (such as apricots, peaches, or prunes)
2 ¼ c. White Sugar
1 Vanilla Bean (cut in half)
The Peel of 1 Orange (with all pith removed)
1 ½-2 c. Everclear
1. In a 1 quart mason jar, stack the pears, alternating with dried fruit and pieces of orange peel in between. Add in vanilla bean.
2. In a pot, combine the sugar with just enough water to wet thoroughly (about 1/4 to 1/2 c.) and heat. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved, or about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
3. Pour sugar solution over the pears. Top with enough Everclear to fill the mason jar. Close tightly.
4. Store mason jar in a cool, dark place for at least one month. Pears will be ready to enjoy in a month.
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