You can enjoy the freshness of pears until late autumn, right until the first frost. But you can also enjoy the rich flavor of pears in the cold season by making this flavored pear compote recipe.
Besides their delicious taste and great flavor, you have plenty of reasons to eat pears both fresh and canned. Of course, you get the most benefit from eating them fresh, especially if you have your own pear trees and don’t use any pesticides. But some of the properties of pears are also maintained by preparing them as jam, marmalade or compote.
An important aspect of making fruit compotes is that the degree of sweetness can be adjusted by adding sugar to taste. Sugar can also be replaced by other natural sweeteners.
The following pear compote recipe is simple and fairly quick. All you have to do is cut the pears into wedges and remove the seeds. Then place them in jars and add the necessary ingredients.
After this, you can boil the jars in pots of water, during which constant supervision is not necessary, as the contents of the jars won’t burn down as jams would. Below, we give you the list of ingredients and the steps needed to make pear compote.
- 1 kg not very ripe pears
- 1-2 tablespoons of sugar per 720 ml jar
- The juice of 1 lemon
- 1 piece star anise / jar
- Vanilla and cinnamon, optional
First prepare the jars and utensils that you will use. Gather the ingredients, a sieve with a draining bowl, a large bowl, a saucepan with a kitchen towel and a vegetable and fruit peeler on the kitchen table.
Wash the jars with water and detergent, as well as the lids, rinse them well and let them drain. Then you can sterilize the jars and lids.
Once you’ve sterilized the jars, you can prepare the pears.
How to prepare pears to make flavored pear compote
Wash the pears thoroughly and place them in the sieve with the draining bowl. There’s no need to wipe them or drain them completely because you’ll still be putting them in water.
Pour some water into a bowl and squeeze out the juice of a lemon. Take each pear individually and cut in half, then in quarters. Remove the seeds and the core with a knife. Do not remove the skin unless it is damaged. Place the peeled pear pieces in the bowl of lemon and water. The lemon will prevent the pears from oxidizing, and it will also enhance their color.
Let the sterilized jars temper, then put a piece of star anise and a tablespoon or two of sugar in each. Add sugar depending on how sweet the pears are and how sweet you want the compote. If you want a more aromatic compote, you can add a little cinnamon or vanilla. Add the pear pieces to the jars and fill the jars to the brim with water.
Close the jars tightly with the lids and place them in the saucepan with a clean tea towel at the bottom. Pour water into the pot up to the neck of the jars. Put the pot with the jars on the stove and simmer the lovely flavored pear compote for 40 minutes from when the water reaches boiling point.
After turning off the heat, leave the jars in the hot water to cool slowly and ensure that the pears are safely preserved.