Lots and lots of jam.
Jam with SUGAR in it. Old-fashioned jam with sugar. Now I like to eat healthy at the best of times, but I don’t see occasional sugar as the enemy, and I don’t want always to take lovely treats I really enjoy and find a more nutritious version. Sometimes I just want nanna jam.
This is such a lovely nanna jam too, and so easy to make. Equal parts pear and sugar (I KNOW) with a squish of lemon juice and some cinnamon sticks and a vanilla bean.
I took a kilo of pears, peeled and chopped them. I added them to a large, wide pot with a kilo of white sugar, two cinnamon sticks and a vanilla bean (scraping the seeds out first and adding them separately, then throwing the bean into the mix).
I brought the mixture to a boil, and then simmered it, stirring occasionally. After about 45 minutes I took a cold saucer from the freezer and plopped a little dollop on it. My finger left a clean sweep through the jam, so I knew it was done.
I ladled the jam into hot jars I had washed in hot soapy water and dried in the oven on a low heat for 15 minutes. I sealed them while still hot.
This is not easy to do. Use a tea towel!