Vanilla and Pear Jam

This year
I decide to make something simple and comforting.
 Think colors and fruit and
breakfast and everyday.
Yes, it’s
homemade jams.
So no
more guilty jam jars from the supermarket shelf!
Make your
own jam and woo your beloved over at breakfast.
Homemade
jam is so delicious and surprisingly simple. Simpler than you’d ever imagine.
And the whole house smells with the tantalizing aroma of fruit while cooking.
From
breakfast, to dessert and everything in between. 
It is wonderful spread on
toasted bread, melted and glazed onto cheesecake, or simply enjoyed spooned
into yoghurt for a quick dessert.
Vanilla
and Pear Jam:
Ingredients:
1kg
pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunky slices
Juice of
2 lemons
750gr
granulated sugar
1 vanilla
pod
Method:
Place the
pears in a bowl with the lemon juice to stop them discoloring. Sprinkle the
sugar over the fruit and add 200ml water.
Slice the
vanilla pod in half lengthways and scrape out the seeds, then tuck the pod in
among the pears and add the seeds. Cover the bowl with a plate and leave
overnight for the sugar to soak up some of the juices from the fruit.
The next
day, pour the contents of the bowl into a preserving pan and stir over a low
heat until the sugar has dissolved. Turn up the heat and boil rapidly to reach
setting point, by which time the pear pieces will be translucent. Skim if
necessary. 
Remove the
vanilla pod from the mixture, then pour the jam into hot, sterilized jars and
seal.

XOXO ***
Inês Ribeiro