Lotte Duncan's Spiced Pears
- 6 medium sized semi-ripe pears – peeled, left whole and the bottom bit of core removed. Leave the stalks on.
- 450g frozen mixed berries
- 570ml red wine – preferably a Shiraz
- 1 star anise
- 1 small bayleaf
- 1 large cinnamon stick
- 6 whole cloves
- 1 whole lump of preserved stem ginger – sliced
- 350g caster sugar
Place the pears in the bottom of a large saucepan. Add the berries and ¾ of the red wine and the star anise, bayleaf, cinnamon stick and cloves.
Place the lid on and bring up to the boil and simmer until tender – not too much otherwise the pears will fall apart.
Remove the pears and gently place into the sterilized Kilner jar. Remove the star anise, bayleaf and cinnamon stick and add to the pears in the jar. Now add 3 more new whole cloves (ignore the old ones) and the sliced ginger to the jar too.
Push the liquid and fruit through a sieve, making sure you get as much juice out of the fruit as possible. Replace the sieved fruit and juice into the saucepan, add the rest of the wine and the sugar and boil until syrupy.
Pour this over the pears, seal the jar and label.
It will be ready for Christmas...although you can eat it straight away too!
These pears are delicious with cheese and wonderful with ice cream.