Does anyone have any recipes for preserving pears in liqueurs?
By Joy from Gloucestershire
Pears Preserved in 80-Proof Brandy
Peel and remove cores and seed, and cut pears in fourths or if very large pears, make them into 8 long slices. Sprinkle on sugar and fresh lemon juice to help them retain color.
Add them to sterilized jars and sprikle on more sugar. Do not pack too tightly. Add enough 80 proof brandy (you might even be able to find pear brandy and that would be perfect). You can always
resort to my favorite old stand-by, 100 proof Southern Comfort. I think it only comes in 70 proof and 100 proof now. The 70 proof might work just fine. I never tried it though. Don't forget the sugar.
Put on caps and rings, and leave them on the countertop for a day, then turn them upside down
and leave them for another day. Flip them over a couple of times each day to distribute the sugar.
After day 2, refrigerate them and leave them for about a month. Do it now, and they'll be well-ready for Thanksgiving. Don't forget to give them a little shake a couple of times a week.
As a last resort, cook the pears in water with the same amount of sugar as you have pears (by weight). When the pears are very soft, strain the juice (syrup) and add 3 cups of it to a quart bottle, then add 1 cup of 80 proof vodka. Put the lid on the bottle and set it in a dark corner of a lower cabinet. Leave it for a month untouched. You will end up with the best cordial you ever put over ice-cream or sipped from a cordial glass.
The pears that you cooked in the syrup may be eaten on pound cake or ice-cream. Either is delicious.
One of our favorite "Spirited Dried Fruits" is dried apples in Southern Comfort. You just dump the dried apples into a quart jar, add 1/2 cup sugar and fill the jar with Southern Comfort. Leave in the back of the refrigerator for a month, shaking it about 3-4 times a week to distribute sugar, and serve with a thick slice of Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese and some good homemade bread or good wine crackers.
The Ball Blue Book has a recipe for Spirited Pears. I tried it this year and they are wonderful. I used Brandy, Grand Mariner and Kahlua, gave them as gifts for the holidays.
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