Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey

Updated On: Apr 26, 2024

My favorite recipe for Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey. If ever there was “crack” in a jar, this would be it. So delectable that you’ll find it hard to eat it on anything other than a spoon. Fresh pears, vanilla beans, and sugar is all you need to make this delicious Pear jam.

pear and 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.

Ingredients you’ll need to make Pear Honey

  • Ripe pears
  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla bean
  • Fresh lemon juice

How to make pear preserves

how to make pear honey

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. In to the pot with 1/2 cup of water and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the pears are soft. Cook until they are super tender and almost fall apart when touched with a spoon.

using a food mill to make pear jam

Using a food mill will create 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.

using vanilla bean seeds in pear jam

Add to the pear mixture and toss in the pods if you’d like. At this point you’ll want to smell your hands.  Yes you read that right.  They will be scented with Vanilla Perfume! 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.

boiling pear puree to make jam or honey

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

A simple small batch Pear & Vanilla Bean Honey that can be spread of toast or drizzled over ice cream.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 1 Pint Jar


  • 3 ripe pears quartered
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped
  • 1 tablespoon 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.
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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  1. Rebecca Moose says:

    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.

  2. Anonymous says:

    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!

  3. 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?

  4. Anonymous says:

    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!!

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

  6. megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    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!

  7. Cookin' Canuck says:

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

  8. Cooking Rookie says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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

  10. This sounds soooo amazing!

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

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