Today's jam recipe is brought to you by the letter D for Divine!
A couple of weeks ago we visited our friend's farm and while we were there, the kids filled a gigantic bag with beautiful Nashi pears. They had a ball in the orchard with the guinea fowl fussing and curious cows coming over to say hello. Aside from devouring nashis as a juicy snack when fresh or sliced up and thrown in salads, stir fries & desserts, they make great jam.
I'm finally finding my confidence in jam making and ditched the recipe book to create my own. I decided to make a batch with ginger and vanilla bean and it turned out to be a winning combination.
1kg of cored & diced Nashi Pears
1kg jam setting sugar
1/2 a lemon
2 Tbsp of fresh ginger, finely grated.
2-3 vanilla bean pods
Pop a small plate in the freezer.
Place pears and sugar in a large heavy based saucepan and stir through.
Let sit for an hour to macerate before adding a squeeze of lemon juice and warm over a medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
Add ginger and split vanilla beans to the pot.
Bring to the boil, then lower heat to a simmer, stirring regularly to prevent burning the sugar.
When the jam has thickened pop a tsp of mixture onto the plate from the freezer, place back in freezer for a few minutes then press finger into mix, if it wrinkles then it's set.
Spoon into warm sterilised jars, including the vanilla bean pods, seal and flip upside down for 30 seconds before turning right way up. Store in a cool dark place and consume within 12 months.
Enjoy xx Em