I canned some pears in a syrup of 1/2 cup honey to 1 1/2 cups water (with hibiscus leaves stewed in it and then removed before canning). I'm wondering if I can use the leftover juice for anything?
You could use it to moisten a sponge cake before filling and frosting. It would be delicious in iced tea, but we're sort of out of that season.
That sounds delicious, not just as iced tea: start instead hot fruit punch & mulled wine season early and add your syrup to those (or just use to sweeten plain black tea to give it a fruity note). Or you could boil it down to reduce it to a thicker consistency and drizzle over all kinds of things: panna cotta, ice cream, yoghurt… use to soak cake cubes / ladyfingers in a trifle or pear tiramisù.
Good idea on the mulled wine thing. I am in denial that summer has moved on.
So am I, Susan! In fact, I would not have thought of it, if I hadn't made some spiced red wine poached pears myself the other night, which made the whole flat smell like a christmas market…
Thanks for the ideas. I may have to try it with black tea. Your idea of cooking it down sounds wonderful!
Whenever I have left-over sweetened juices/syrups, I try to use them in either booze (I bet pear syrup would go great in a kir or mixed with vodka) or as a flavoring/sweetener for whipped cream. You could also use it to fill up baked apples (use instead of maple syrup or honey). I think some crunchy granola over apples baked with the syrup would be delicious!
Love the idea of baked apples! We are getting a bushel of apples next week and I'm going to have to try that.
Make a pear cocktail and enter it into this weeks contest!!!
Great idea but I'm more of a beer kind of girl. A pear cocktail sounds a little too sweet and fruity for me.
@ktr, a pear & beer cocktail, similar to a Snakebite, would not be too sweet ;)
now we're talking!
Cook it down with more sugar (or brown sugar, or honey) and maybe a couple of those canned pears and use it as a glaze to baste onto chicken or a baked ham. Add some spices to balance out the sweetness; maybe cardamom, coriander, cumin, cloves, etc.
I would add sparkling water to it to make a homemade soda.
Delicious. Add some red wine and make poached pears.