With the Holidays around the corner, I have stared preparing for my Edible Gift Giving Extravaganza. It is one of my favorite times of the year because I share my homemade jellies, jams and fruits from the Summer with my friends and family.
Pears are now in season as well and it is the perfect time to make this wonderful recipe for "Tipsy Pears". You have to store them for at least 2 months before using, so making them now will be perfect timing for Christmas gifts. Who doesn't enjoy an Edible Gift?
I hope you enjoy the recipe!
1 lb. small, firm ripe pears, about 8-10
1 1/4 cups red wine (good quality) If you wouldn't drink it, don't use it!
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 cup brandy
a preserving pan
a 3 cup preserving jar, sterilized
Makes about 3 cups
Carefully wash and dry the pears, making sure the stalks are still attached. Put the Burgundy and sugar in a preserving pan or large saucepan and stir over a low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Add the prepared pears and cinnamon stick to the syrup and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the pears are just tender, about 5 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and, using a slotted spoon, pack the pears into the prepared jar.
Return the syrup to the stove and boil rapidly without stirring for 5 minutes. Strain the syrup and add enough brandy to make 2 1/2-3 cups of liquid, or enough to cover the pears completely.
Pour the syrup over the pears and top the jars with more brandy if necessary.
Seal, Label and Date.
Store in a dark, cool place for at least 2 months before using.