Golden pears are ripening on my little tree, given to me as a leaving present from my last job. Here is a recipe to make the most of this autumnal bounty.
3lbs of cooking pears
slightly salted cold water
1 pint of distilled white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon of ground mixed spice
!/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (I used mace)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
11b granulated sugar
peel of 1/2 lemon
peel, quarter and core the pears and place in the pan of salted water to prevent them going brown
mix the spices with a little of the vinegar
put the rest of the vinegar the lemon peel and the sugar in another pan, heat gently until the sugar is dissolved then add the spice mixture
rinse the pears and add them to the pan, simmer gently until the pears go clear. This may take longer than you imagine.
take the pears out of the mixture with a slotted spoon, pack into warmed, clean, glass jars
boil the vinegar until it becomes a syrup and pour over the pears until it covers them.
seal the jars.
This recipe was a way of keeping pears through the winter months. The pears can be served with cold meets or cheese and are super tasty.