Brandied Honey-and-Spice Pears

A little sweet and a little spicy, these pears make a perfect side dish for almost any meal. Luckily, once you can them, they'll keep for up to a year!

Brandied Honey-and-Spice Pears
Prep Time:
35 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Process Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
6 pints


  • 6 pound firm ripe pears (about 15 pears)

  • Ascorbic acid color keeper

  • 4 cup cranberry juice, apple juice, or apple cider

  • 1 ½ cup honey

  • ½ cup lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoon finely chopped crystallized ginger

  • 8 inch stick cinnamon, broken into 2-inch pieces

  • ½ teaspoon whole cloves

  • ¼ cup brandy


  1. Peel, halve, and core pears. To prevent discoloration, place pear halves in ascorbic acid color-keeper solution as soon as they are peeled and cut. Set aside.

  2. For syrup, in a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot combine cranberry juice, honey, lemon juice, crystallized ginger, stick cinnamon, and whole cloves. Bring to boiling, stirring constantly; reduce heat.

  3. Drain pear halves; add to syrup in pot. Stir in brandy. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until pears are almost tender, stirring occasionally.

  4. Using a slotted spoon, pack hot pear halves into hot clean pint canning jars, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Ladle hot syrup over pears, maintaining the 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands.

  5. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 20 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
67g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Total Sugars 55g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 39.6mg 198%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 253mg 5%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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