The absolute simplicity of this four-ingredient countryside pear jam recipe is only a side benefit. The star of this jam is the sparkling clear flavor of fresh pears, accented with just the tiniest dusting of cinnamon and cloves. These pear preserves are a classical, French confiture; they require no pectin, only sugar, to thicken into a hearty confection.
- 8 cups chopped, peeled pears
- 4 cups sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
How to make countryside pear preserves:
Add all the ingredients to a large saucepan and bring them to a simmer over medium heat. Lower the heat slightly, and simmer the jam, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Remove the pear jam from the heat and skim off the foam with a clean spoon. Ladle the jam into hot, sterilized half-pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headroom. Wipe the rims with a clean towel, seal, and process in a boiling water canner for 10 to 11 minutes.
Allow the jar to cool on a clean towel and check the seals before storing the jam in a cool, dark place.
This countryside pear jam recipe makes 6 half-pints. Each jar yields approx 6 servings
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