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Seckel Pears in Spiced Honey Syrup

on January 20, 2016

I found this recipe last summer when I saw these beautiful little pears at the Farmer’s Market and I HAD to buy them. While searching the internet for what to do with these little beauties, I found this recipe for Seckel Pears in Spiced Honey Syrup at Sweet You can find the original recipe that I used here. I used one jar of them during the holidays and when it was my turn to have book club, I thought I would share the last jar of these sweet and spicy pears.


Seckel pears aren’t really common in these parts, and I love using local produce whenever possible, so that sealed the deal.


They were just so beautiful, I couldn’t resist!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Seckle Pears in Spiced Honey Syrup

(I used half of this recipe)

8 pears (enough for 2 quart jars)

4 cups water

1 1/2 cups honey

2 cinnamon sticks

2 whole star anise

6 cardamom pods

(I didn’t have any star anise, so I just left them out. I also didn’t have cardamom pods so I used 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom and it seemed to work ok. Because I was short of spice, I still used 2 cinnamon sticks even though I made a half batch.)

Scrub pears well in hot water and remove any stickers.

Sterilize jars, rings, and lids.

You can find canning instructions at the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

For the honey syrup:

In a saucepan combine honey and water and bring to a boil.

Boil for 5 minutes and then turn off heat.

Fill each jar with pears (I cut the pears in half so they fit better).

Then put half the spices in each jar.

Carefully pour the honey syrup over top of pears leaving 1/2 inch of headspace at the top of the jar.

Put on lids and rings and can according to instructions at the National Center for Home Food Preservation.

After canning, let jars sit for about an hour.

If they haven’t sealed, put in refrigerator and use within a month.

If the jars have sealed, put in a cool, dry place and use within one year.


I had enough for two pint jars of pears.


Even after canning, they’re just so beautiful! I’m glad I saved them for a special occasion.


At Christmastime we had these with brie cheese on a baguette and that was delicious. For book club, we had them with a Vermont aged white cheddar, which was also delicious. We came to the conclusion that they are indeed – delicious!


Another benefit of these delicious pears is that you can save the honey syrup and use it on your pancakes. I would suggest that you use them on these Sweet Milk Griddle Cakes. I hope this gives you the confidence to go ahead and try something new. When you see beautiful local produce, go ahead – get it and try it in something new! You won’t be sorry, and you won’t even need to wait to use it for a special occasion!



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