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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Citrus-Pear Honey

Wanna try something yummy? Then try THIS! Who would have thought that pears mixed with a little honey, sugar and orange juice would turn out this scrumptious? And talk about easy! Everything gets mixed in the pot...left alone to thicken and caramelize for a little bit...with a stir every now and then..and the result is golden deliciousness. The citrus flavor comes through just long enough to give you a hint of honey...toning down the pear flavor but blending all together to make for a heavenly mixture of goodness! Great to have on toast, bagels, waffles, french toast.... or your finger! (Not that I'm guilty of that, or anything.) One nice thing about this is that it doesn't make a HUGE amount. I filled one quart jar. BUT...if you want to make it and share, it's easily doubled.

Citrus-Pear Honey

2 tablespoons butter
6 large pears, peeled and chunked
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
¼ cup orange juice

Melt the butter in a large dutch oven over medium-high heat. Stir in pears, sugar and honey. Cook for about 30 – 40 minutes until mixture thickens and turns a caramel color. Remove from heat and add orange zest and orange juice. Ladle into a quart sized canning jar. Turn jar upside down and allow to cool and lid to seal down. Store in the fridge.

Serve on toast, waffles or biscuits.

Makes about 3 cups.
Let's go! Peel and chunk up the pears....
..melt the butter.
Add the pears, sugar and honey to the pot!
Let it lightly boil until you can see it thicken and caramelize.
Then add the orange juice and orange zest.
Give it a stir.
I put mine in a jar, but it can go in almost anything.