Pears rock! They are a great accompaniment to cheese, they make great desserts, can be wrapped in pastry or placed in crumbles or can be eaten straight off the tree. I’ve always done a lot of cooking with pears – my neighbor has a tree which is laden with them every year, very useful while I was working on this recipe for Honey Spiced Pears.
For years I have made variations of this great Hairy Bikers recipe for pickled pears. They are a great addition to a cheese board and I used to make them around Christmas time to give as Christmas gifts. Unfortunately, I have been unable to discover a way of pickling pears (which will last) without using stack loads of refined white sugar. So until I find a way to ‘sugar free’ my pickled pear recipes, I’ve started playing with dessert pear recipes that incorporate some of the same flavors – cinnamon, ginger and all spice.
I’ve made this recipe using rum (although I do give an alternative, using freshly squeezed orange juice). Rum does not tend to contain added sugar, but it is typically made with molasses or sugar cane. Flavored rums will often contain added sugar and are not always gluten free so just beware of this. I prefer the pears with rum but the orange juice alternative is also very nice.
I am pretty pleased with this recipe for Honey Spiced Pears. 🙂 I tend to make them the day before I want to serve them. Leaving the pears to soak in the syrup overnight in a jar or bowl helps the flavors infuse the pears and syrup. The pears can then be taken out of the fridge and heated in a saucepan just before serving which both reduces the syrup down a little bit more and warms the pears prior to serving. These warm pears accompanied by home made ice cream, or served with mascarpone cream or creme fraiche are just delicious and are a great gluten free, refined sugar free dessert.