On day one of the Punk Domestics trip to Italy in January, 2012, we made three kinds of preserves with Marzia Brigante: Quince jam, pear jam with aromatic spices and savor, a conserve made with apples, pears, quince, nuts and saba.
An easy amplification of fall's favorite fruit: pears. "You can't buy that in any store!" is high praise indeed, so adding a mix of frangrant spices elevates homemade jam to top notch gift quality. The holidays are coming...
The season for golden raspberries is fleeting so take advantage of it with this confluence of berry and pear. And toss out the toast! Serve it as shown here, spooned atop sour cream with walnuts. C'mon, live a little!
Dried fruits added to jams are an easy secret weapon -- flavor first, of course, but also added drama as evidenced here in fresh pear jam with slices of candied strawberry suspended in the golden goodness.