If you are a fan of pears, local food and local products, pear sweets should definitely be in your pantry.
It is not as popular as, for example, sweet plum or quince, but it is definitely worth the effort and we recommend that you prepare it.
Sweet from pears for the winter is prepared in a simple way, it does not require long and laborious preparation, on the contrary.
First of all, we recommend that you consume pears in their fresh form – that you use them in a fruit salad or a healthy shake. However, since they are not available throughout the year, we can use them to prepare homemade products for the winter. Towards the end of the season, when you notice that they are slowly fading away, put aside a few kilos and make sweet from pears.
You can also use them for jam or compote, but more on that in another article…
According to the basic recipe for the preparation of the sweet, gelatin is used. It contributes to the preservation of the rock, as well as to making the pears juicier, and the pieces do not fall apart. Considering that it needs to stay sweet all winter, some kind of preservative is usually used for preparation. In this case, gelatin was chosen.
Necessary ingredients for preparation:
- 1 kilogram of pears
- 1/2 kilogram of sugar
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 2 bags of gelatin
At the very beginning, let’s turn our attention to the selection of pears. Namely, in order for your dessert to be healthy and for the preparation to be successful, choose organically produced pears. This would mean that they have not been treated too much with pesticides, because they go deep into the pear, and that would mean that you are taking them into your body when you eat that pear.
Try to find pears from people who grow them organically, if you can.
So, if you find organically grown pears, they do not need to be peeled for preparation. The bark contains many useful ingredients, which we should use.
Therefore, just wash the pears well in several waters, in order to remove any dirt from them. Then clean them from the petioles and seeds, then cut them into equal slices.
(If they are sprayed, then be sure to peel them, and before that, soak them in a solution of soda and water for an hour).
When choosing pears, it is also important that they are just right, not too soft, but also not green, because the sweet will be more sour in that case. 😀
When you have cut the pears, pour them into a suitable container and cover with the juice of one lemon. Set the stove to a moderate temperature, then put the pan with the pears to heat slowly.
While the pears are slowly cooking, in a separate bowl, stir the gelatin according to the instructions on the bag.
As soon as the pears in the pan start to boil, add the gelatin and stir. Let them simmer together for up to 5 minutes, then add the sugar and shake the pan. Do not stir as this will break up the pears, just shake the pot occasionally.
Now let the pears and sugar cook, and it will only take 15-20 minutes. After those 15 minutes, take out a spoonful of the sweet on a tray and wait for it to cool, then check if the density suits you. It should be okay, so if it is, take it off the heat.
Pour the hot sweet into well-sterilized jars, close, and wrap in a blanket. Leave them like that until the next day to cool down gradually, and at the daily temperature. After that, store the jars in the pantry or refrigerator, and use as needed. Once you open the jar, keep it refrigerated for the next few days until you use it.
Sweet from pears and…
Well, you don’t have to make pear sweets only with pears. If it seems like a boring taste, or you just like to experiment, prepare the sweet in a slightly different way.
Namely, you can use any other fruit for the preparation, which you think goes well with the taste of pears. These can be dogwoods, raspberries, apples, peaches…Any fruit that you personally like, and you can use more of them.
We have tried several combinations, and this one seems to be ideal…
Necessary ingredients for preparation:
- 2 large pears
- 2 large apples
- 5 peaches
- 600 grams of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of limontus
- 100 milliliters of water
We will also mention that you choose healthy, organically grown fruit. And, also choose healthy fruits, without rotten parts, which are not too ripe and certainly not green. Find the middle ground.
The fruit needs to be washed, then peeled and cleaned of seeds, petioles and the like. Then cut the cleaned fruit into smaller pieces and put them in a suitable pan.
Immediately add sugar and water, mix, then put the fruit to cook slowly at a moderate temperature. From the moment it starts to boil, stir occasionally so that it does not burn, and towards the end stir constantly.
Cooking should take up to half an hour, and you can judge by the density and how much the fruit level has decreased since the start of cooking. When you judge that it is well cooked, remove it from the heat and add the limontus. Stir, then pour the warm sweet into sterilized jars.
Close them well, then also wrap them in a blanket and let them cool gradually at room temperature, until the next day. Put them in the pantry or freezer only the next day. Always keep the opened jar in the fridge afterwards, as this will reduce the chances of it spoiling.
If you like it sweet, and it certainly will! increase the amount of fruit if necessary, for the next round. The sweet is really very, very tasty, so you will definitely want a jar more. When you are already preparing, you can prepare a larger amount, just increase all the ingredients in proportion.
Maybe you don’t like this combination, and then you invent your own. You can always try it with a few pieces of fruit, so if you like it, prepare a larger quantity.
The taste of apples goes well with pears, and you can also use peaches alone. Also dogwoods, they are a great combination and are very healthy.
We add limontus because it extends the shelf life, and if you make smaller quantities and intend to eat something sweet for a short period of time, you can omit limontus.
As for sugar, you can also add the amount that suits you. Someone likes the sweet to be really sweet, while someone doesn’t like so much sugar – it’s all arbitrary. Try the original recipe first, and then determine what was good and what was not, and make adjustments next time.
And that’s it, we hope that the tips will be useful and that your dessert will taste great. And we believe that they will! Pleasant.