Sunday, March 10, 2013

Pears and Chocolate?

While out to dinner with my favorite suppliers of "discounted" fruit it was mentioned how good the pear cinnamon jam was and that they were out of it. And that their kids would only eat jam if it was jam I made. I figured it was time to get out the canning supplies. I had a weekend coming with nothing planned and my husband was working so it was perfect timing! Thursday evening when I got home I found a box of pears and apples on my door step. Yes!!!

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 (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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