Bea’s Exquisite Pear Jam Infused with Vanilla and Cardamom: A Gastronomic Delight

Step into the realm of culinary bliss as we explore the artistry of transforming pears into a delectable jam infused with the luxurious flavors of vanilla and cardamom. Join us on a journey inspired by Bea’s Kitchen, where culinary wonders are born.

Ingredients: Prepare to embark on a culinary adventure with the following ingredients, yielding two small jars of pure bliss:

  • 2.2 lbs of pears, peeled and deseeded
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of sugar for sweetness
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2-3 cardamom pods or 1 level teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • Juice from half a lemon

Preparation: Unveil the magic of flavor by following these simple steps:

  1. Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Combine the seeds with sugar, along with the split vanilla bean. Add ground cardamom (or crush pods beforehand) and mix thoroughly.
  2. Dice the pears into small pieces and toss them with lemon juice. Sprinkle the sugar and spice mixture over the pears, gently pressing the vanilla bean into the fruit. Cover and let it rest overnight.

Cooking Process: Elevate your pear jam to perfection with these cooking instructions:

  1. The next day, bring the pear mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until reaching your desired consistency. Stir continuously to prevent burning. For a smoother texture, blend the softened pears with a blender.
  2. Transfer the prepared jam into sterilized jars. For extended preservation, pasteurize the jars for 10 minutes.

Alternate Method: Short on time? Bea offers an alternative approach:

  1. Cook the fruits immediately instead of overnight steeping. Add 1/4 cup of water to the listed ingredients, cover the pears, and simmer. Adjust the cooking time accordingly.
  2. If the fruits release insufficient juices on the second day, add a small amount of water. Ensure the pears remain firm to prevent spoilage.