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Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey

by FarmgirlGourmet
My favorite recipe for Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey.  If ever there was “crack” in a jar, this would be it.  So delectable you’ll find it hard to eat it on anything other than a spoon.

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, quartered1/2 cup water1 cup white sugar1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped1 tbsp lemon juice


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.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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 5:47 pm

Absolutely beautiful!

kpaints April 21, 2011 - 9:58 pm

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

Vicki April 21, 2011 - 6:23 pm

This sounds soooo amazing!

Kathy April 21, 2011 - 6:22 pm

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

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