Do you have a recipe that just never fails you? One that’s so good that you crave it just by uttering the words? Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey does just that to me. The mere thought of its deliciousness draped over a bagel or English muffin makes my heart beat fast and my salivary glands start workin. This is one recipe that is tried and true and if you love pears, then you will adore it. Maybe even crave it. I hope you do. If you make extra, I can send you my address. 🙂
Cut off the tops of the pears where the stem end is and then quarter them. Because you’re going to run them through a food mill, there’s no need to core them. I heart EASY!
In to the pot with 1/2 cup of water and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the pears are soft.
Like this. What you can’t tell is that they are super tender and almost fall apart when touched with a spoon.
Set the food mill over a bowl and start crankin’! This is where you take out the days frustrations on inanimate objects. Works for me. 🙂
The end result is a nice fine pear sauce. Put it back into a clean pot and add 1 cup of sugar.
Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and then using the backside of the knife, run it down the inside of the bean pod to remove the glorious seeds. Repeat with the other side of the pod.
Add to the pear mixture and toss in the pods if you’d like. (I do).
At this point you’ll want to smell your hands. Yes you read that right. They will be scented with Vanilla Perfume! Move over Ralph Lauren, natures parfum is amazing!
Add a tablespoon of lemon juice and crank the heat. Boil vigorously for 20-25 minutes. The mixture will start to change from a yellowish color to a golden honey color. That’s when you’ll know it’s done.
Remove the vanilla bean pods and let it cool, stirring occasionally. Use 2 1/2 pint jars that have been sterilized and cap tightly. This Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey is phenomenal on ice cream or on an English muffin or on a large spoon (my preferred method). Enjoy!!
Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey
3 ripe pears, quartered
1/2 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 In a medium sized pot, add the pears and water. Bring to a boil and then turn down and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the pears are very soft.
2 Pass the pears and cooking liquid through a food mill. Add to a clean pot along with the sugar, vanilla bean seeds and pod, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20-25 minutes, or until the mixture begins to get a golden honey color. Remove from the heat and let cool, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate in 2 – 1/2 pint jars or in 1 pint jar.