About this recipe:This spread is sweet, fruity and lightly fragranced with orange zest and nutmeg. It's perfect spread on toast, fresh bread or even alongside chicken or pork. It's a great way of making use of pears when in-season.
1.8kg medium pears, quartered and cored
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 tablespoons orange juice
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Place pears into a large pot over medium heat and add just enough water to cover the bottom of the pot and keep them from sticking, about 125ml. Cook until the pears are soft, about 30 minutes. Press pears through a sieve or food mill and measure out 2 litres of the pulp.
Pour the pear pulp and sugar into a large saucepan and stir to dissolve sugar. Stir in the orange zest, nutmeg and orange juice. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick enough to mound in a spoon. When the mixture begins to thicken, stir frequently to prevent scorching on the bottom. This will take about 1 hour.
Ladle the pear spread into hot sterile jars, leaving 5mm of headspace. Remove air bubbles by sliding a metal spatula around where the pear spread touches the glass. Wipe jar rims clean and seal with lids and rings. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath. The water should cover the jars by 2.5cm.