Mise En Place:
- Anjou Pear 6 ounces
- Ginger (Grated) 1/2 Ounce
- Sugar 7 1/2 ounces
- Red Pepper Flakes 1/2 Ounce
- Pectin 1 Tsp (Found in Canning Section of Grocers)
- Lemon Juice 1/2 Ounce
Step 1: Peel and mince Anjou Pears and peel and mince ginger
Step 2: Mixed pears and ginger with sugar and place in fridge overnight
Step 3: Using a saucepan cook sugared mixture to a puree’
Step 4: Remove from heat and add gently stir in pectin. Return to heat and continue cooking for an additional 3 – 4 mins
Step 5: Add Lemon juice and stir in.
Step 6: Add Red Pepper Flakes and mix until flakers are evenly coated and dispersed throughout the jam.
Step 7: Using a sterilized glass jar and seal lid fill container with jam
Step 8: Refrigerate
I was told that my one grandmother made a Pear Jam and passed down her recipe to my uncle… he loved it so much that he planted and grew a pear tree for this very reason!
This is a delicious compliment for either breakfast, lunch or dinner. But independently the Pear & Red Pepper Jam is the definition of southern sweetness, with a secret punch of heat.
Here are my other suggested pairings:
- Pork Tenderloins, Prosciutto, Ham or Sausage
- Crab Po Boy Sliders (open face)
- Pistachio Ice Cream
- Grilled Grapefruit
I encourage you, that if you haven’t, take inspiration from those that have greatly influenced you even beyond the kitchen & make modifications to your recipes in a way that celebrates their impact and who you are because of them… It could be an ingredient or style of cooking, an island spice or particular flavoring… whatever the case, mold it until it speaks…