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Caramelized Ginger Pears

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 4 hrs, 25 mins
Yield Makes about 4 cups
A jar of Caramelized Ginger Pears is both a tasty and thoughtful gift. Suggest serving this homemade food gift over a favorite dessert, or over baked brie and serve as an appetizer.

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds firm, ripe Anjou pears, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

How to Make It

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a large Dutch oven, and let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, 2 hours.

  2. Bring pear mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring often, 1 hour or until thickened and golden. Cool completely (about 45 minutes).

  3. Spoon into 8 (4-oz.) jars or airtight containers. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

  4. Caramelized Ginger Pears and Baked Brie: Preheat oven to 350°. Trim rind from top of 1 (8-oz.) Brie round, leaving a 1/2-inch border on top. Place Brie round on an ovenproof plate. Spoon 1/2 cup Caramelized Ginger Pears over Brie round. Bake 15 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Serve immediately with gingersnaps and crackers.