I spent a slow Friday at work looking for new recipes. (Don't worry my boss does not care!) I am not good at following recipes but I do enjoy reading them for ideas. The first site I always go to is foodinjars.com (and I usually end there). A new recipe was on her recipe index! Pear and chocolate jam! How could I not make it?
Since I have been trying to get healthy and loose weight I have cut out most of the sweets from my diet. I know it is hard to believe for those who know me. But the sweets I do have tend to be ones I have made. So I know what I am eating. I am excited to have this treat in my almost empty jam closet!
My first batch I used 10 pears, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup water, 3 1/2 cups sugar, 7oz dark chocolate and cinnamon. It was so rich you could barely taste the pear. So for my second batch I used 15 pears, 3/4 cup lemon juice, 3/4 cup water, 4 cups sugar, 7oz dark chocolate and cinnamon.
The second batch was much better. Still very chocolatey but you could really taste the pear. Especially when you bit into a chunk of pear.
This jam will definitely be made again! Next time I may even add more pears. But whoever gets a jar of this batch is pretty lucky. Today I made 9 pints and I am hesitating giving any of them away!
Now it's time for a little break before I head to the store for cinnamon. Can't really make pear cinnamon jam without the cinnamon!
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