Perfect Pear Recipes
Posted on October 20 2017
A Pear tree is a wonderful addition to any garden and it’s during autumn that our native Pear trees really start to sing! View freshly delivered Wild Pear tree gift here.
The chances are, if you have one of these gorgeous trees in your garden, the surrounding area has become blanketed in a wonderful array of glorious fruit!
The flavour of garden-fresh pears is unsurpassable. But what to do with your pear-fect bounty? As you may already know - the fruiting period for pear trees is almost over - so you better act soon. Take a look at The Present Tree’s favourite autumnal recipes, all starring the perfect pear!
Pear & Ginger Cordial
Peel, core and chop 4 large pears. Place the chopped fruit, along with: 500g of white sugar, a 75g knob of ginger and 180ml of water in a large pot, and bring to a gentle boil. Boil for 5 mins, then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 mins. Allow it to infuse overnight, then strain and bottle the mixture.
Serve the cordial as a fruity addition to a white wine spritzer and the pears are delicious with a creamy vanilla ice cream.
Pear & Cinnamon Preserve
Peel, core and chop 10 medium-sized pears. In a pot, place 500g of sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon and the chopped pears; simmer the mixture until the fruit softens enough to be broken down with the back of a wooden spoon. Once mixed to a smooth consistency, add the juice of half a lemon and continue to cook until the desired consistency is reached.
Serve with hot buttered toast on a Sunday morning or layered inside a delicious bread-and-butter pudding.
Pre-heat your oven to 140°C. Core 2 large, firm pears, slice into thin rounds (approximately the width of a 1p coin) and place on top of a lined baking tray. Lightly sprinkle with 1/2 tsp of mixed spice and 1/4 tsp of caster sugar. Bake for 40 minutes, then leave to cool.
Serve alongside your afternoon tea as a healthy snack!