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Cook Time: 15 mins
Yield: 1 qt

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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Created By:Vanessa Dora Lavorato

Vanessa is a chocolatier, TV host and food stylist based in Berkeley, CA. Her cannabis confiserie Marigold Sweets has been featured in VogueLA Times and PAPER magazine. She co-hosted VICELAND’s James Beard-nominated cannabis cooking show Bong Appétit. She also hosts a weekly edible live demo for The Edible Club. View more of her recipes here.