This time I was assigned Megan's Cooking which is a familiar blog. Being a fellow Daring Baker, Megan's blog has been on my reading list. Her blog is a collection of a wide array of recipes and it can be a very tough time singling out something to make. I love jam and a homemade jam is always better. She has quite a few recipes but I have never tried a pear jam using vanilla beans. So that was what I chose to do. I must say that while the pears are simmering in sugar and the vanilla bean scrapes, there is wonderful aroma that is tough to explain in words. A very soothing aroma it was to me. I followed the exact recipe except for adding in cinnamon and cloves which were removed later. Megan suggested not peeling the skin and so I did not. Although the pears I used had very thin skin they stayed solid without turning into a pulp. It did add a bite to the jam though. And yes I halved the recipe too. So here's the recipe. My changes are italicized.
2 vanilla beans, split and scraped (1 vanilla bean)
4 cups sugar (2 C)
1 packet liquid pectin(I used a powdered
1" Cinnamon Stick
Cook chopped pears, sugar and vanilla beans, cinnamon and cloves over medium heat until the pears become soft.Mash them well or use an immersion blender. Remove the vanilla bean solids and the spices before doing it. Add pectin and boil for 5 mins to activate the pectin. Fill clean jars and ideally follow Megan's instructions-
Fill jars, wipe rims to remove any residual jam, apply lids (heat canning lids in a small pot over very low heat while you’re preparing the jam to ensure a good seal) and screw on the rims.Process the filled jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes (start the timer when the pot has returned to a boil).Remove jars from pot and place the jars on a towel-lined counter top. Let them cool undisturbed for two hours. During this time, the lids should seal.Check to ensure the jars have sealed by pushing down on the center of the lid. If it feels solid and doesn’t move, it is sealed.