Pickled Pears


Prep time: 
10 minutes
Cooking time: 
30 minutes


A lovely addition to a cheese platter


  • 500g pears peeled, halved and cored
  • 250g caster sugar
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 250ml white wine vinegar
  • 1.5 cm piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon whole allspice berries, lightly crushed
  • 10 cloves
  • ½ a lemon


  1. Peel the zest from the lemon and put in a pan with the cloves, peppercorns, allspice berries, sliced ginger, lemon juice, vinegar, cinnamon sticks and sugar. Stir over a gentle heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Peel, core and halve the pears, then add to the pan and simmer for 15 mins, until the pears are tender. Remove the pears with a slotted spoon and put in a colander to drain. Meanwhile, increase the heat under the syrup and boil rapidly for 15 mins, until the syrup has reduced by about a third and slightly thickened.
  3. Pack the fruit into warmed jars and pour over the hot syrup to cover. Seal, label and store in a cool dry place.


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