Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
9 Hours
Serves 32 (serving size: 2 tablespoons)
Photo: Tara Donne; Styling: Alistair Turnbull

How to Make It

Step 1

Peel and chop pears into 1/4-inch pieces; discard seeds. Place pears and next 5 ingredients (through lemon) in a large bowl; toss to coat. Let stand at room temperature 6 hours (or refrigerate overnight), stirring occasionally.

Step 2

Pour pear mixture (including accumulated juices) into a large heavy saucepan or enameled cast-iron pot. Cover with water to 1/2 inch above fruit. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until fruit achieves a jammy consistency, stirring frequently toward the end of cooking. Remove from heat; stir in vinegar. Cool. Store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Recipe adapted from Slow Fires. Copyright 2015 by Justin Smillie. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. $40, 320 pages.

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