Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey

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!

Moving on….

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.

  • Rebecca Moose
    October 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I make mine with the peels. I make chocolate pear jam with the pear slices left over from the peels. I’ve made pear honey with vinegar fro a. Cookbook from 1902. I dint care for that one much. Then I tried it your way. This fall I made it from peels. Amazing.

  • Anonymous
    August 26, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    This is alot like my Nana’s Pear Honey. I’ve never had it anywhere else before. Thank you so much for the warm fuzzy it gave me!

  • juana
    November 11, 2011 at 7:57 am

    This sounds divine….I can’t wait to try it. I bought some pears at the produce market and vanilla bean at the grocery. I have a question though. Does it freeze well or can you preserve it by canning?

  • Anonymous
    November 2, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Wow! This is simmering on my stove right now and smells AMAZING!! I used brown sugar, and a bit less than the recipe called for….I cannot wait to try it on toast! Thank you for the great recipe!!

  • Elle
    May 3, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Oh wow–that looks amazing! I’m sitting here imagining all the things I could pour it over!

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking
    April 25, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    oh my goodness…I can’t wait to make this. I am so glad I discovered your blog. This one is going on my list to make as soon as possible!

  • Cookin' Canuck
    April 22, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    This is a really lovely recipe. I am bookmarking this to try when our little pear trees produces its fruit this year.

  • Cooking Rookie
    April 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • kpaints
    April 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Yummo!!! That sounds absolutely out of this world! I’ll be over for a breakfast bagel!

  • Vicki
    April 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    This sounds soooo amazing!

  • Kathy
    April 21, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    That absolutely sounds divine!!! I can almost taste it on homemade bread now…