Pears and almonds go together like childhood friends. It’s true! This pear preserves recipe has a wonderful depth added by flavoring with a little Amaretto (Italian almond liqueur), fresh nutmeg, and honey. So easy, and lushly delicious, like these pears it was made from this afternoon.
Assembling ingredients for a recipe like this brings a smile.
Amaretto Pear Preserves
Makes 4 half pints or equivalent
- 10 cups peeled, chopped ripe pears
- 3/4 c. honey
- 1 small bottle (50 ml) Amaretto
- 3/4 tbsp. freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. almond extract – if you feel preserves need just a bit more pronounced almond flavor
Bring all ingredients to a long simmer in a large pot, stirring often, for about 45 minutes. The fruit mixture will first slightly liquefy, then reduce and thicken. Please taste and adjust flavors to your personal preferences. Meanwhile, bring clean canning jars, lids and bands to a boil to sterilize. When preserves are ready, jar, seal and process in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Lift from water, check seals and cool.
What a perfect gift from your kitchen. And how delicious it is, served with a bread and cheese platter, on morning toast, and waffles…