Pepper Pear And Lemon Sugar Free Spread

Sugar free pepper pear and lemon spread

Sugar Free Pepper Pear And Lemon Spread, quite a mouthful (in a good way) and a bit like the proverbial Peter Piper who picked a peck of pickled pepper, hard to say after one too many!

I’ve been asked how I can possibly imagine that my blog is healthy when so many of the jams etc contain sugar. Well my answer to that one is that when you make something yourself from scratch you are made abundantly aware of the amount of sugar that goes into it. For me this was all brought home quite dramatically when I wrote my baking book Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes last year. Being on a non stop round of baking day in and day out really made me aware of just how much sugar went into everything.

Now when I make my preserves I am always trying to limit the sweetness as much as possible without losing the true flavour of the jam or jelly etc. I’m also trying out new ways of making things whereby I replace the sugar with something else entirely. I am not trying to change all my recipes but I do want to add in a few here and there that I have little or no sugar in them. pear

This yummy Sugar Free Spread with Pepper Pear And Lemon is a case in point. It is both sweet and a wee bit of a lip puckerer, but there ain’t no white sugar in there! I have instead used organic apple juice as my sweetener and I have to say it works a treat.

This recipe is for 2 small jars of this spread that is ideal on your breakfast toast and also on crumpets and scones. I like it on oatcakes with a slice of cheddar cheese too.

 While boiling down the apple juice may seem like a bit of a chore it really is well worth the effort.

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Here’s what you’ll need to make your Pepper Pear And Lemon Sugar Free Spread ;

1 litre/1 ¾ pints organic apple juice

500g/1 lb 2oz pears

1 lemon (unwaxed if possible)

6 black peppercorns

 How to make your Pepper Pear And Lemon Sugar Free Spread ;

Pour the apple juice into a heavy based pan and bring to the boil, you want to reduce this down from 1 litre to just 250ml, one quarter of the original amount. Pour this into a jug and set aside.

Roughly chop the pears and remove zest from the lemon with a grater (scrub and dry if using a ‘normal’ waxed to remove the preservative spray) .

Chop lemon in half and squeeze out the juice. Now scoop out the flesh just leaving the white pith behind. Chop flesh and toss this into your washed out pan along with the pears, lemon zest and juice. Add the pepper corns and bring to the boil then simmer for 40 minutes until everything is tender.

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Press the mixture either through a sieve with a wooden spoon or use a food mill. You get a smoother texture doing this than you would if you whizzed everything up in a food processor, this is a case of slow is better and by-hand beats technology.

Return the smooth pulp to the pan and add the reduced apple juice that you set aside earlier.

Bring to a boil and lower temperature to simmer for approximately 25-30 minutes until you have a thick creamy consistency.

Spoon the spread into two small sterilised jars and pop on the lids.

Your Pepper Pear And Lemon Sugar Free Spread will keep for up to 3 months, once opened store in the fridge and use within a couple of weeks.

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Sugar Free Pepper Pear And Lemon Spread
 
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Recipe type: preserves
Ingredients
  • 1 litre/1 ¾ pints organic apple juice
  • 500g/1 lb 2oz pears
  • 1 lemon (unwaxed if possible)
  • 6 black peppercorns
Instructions
  1. Pour the apple juice into a heavy based pan and bring to the boil, you want to reduce this down from 1 litre to just 250ml, one quarter of the original amount. Pour this into a jug and set aside.
  2. Roughly chop the pears and remove zest from the lemon with a grater (scrub and dry if using a ‘normal’ waxed to remove the preservative spray) .
  3. Chop lemon in half and squeeze out the juice. Now scoop out the flesh just leaving the white pith behind. Chop flesh and toss this into your washed out pan along with the pears, lemon zest and juice. Add the pepper corns and bring to the boil then simmer for 40 minutes until everything is tender.
  4. Press the mixture either through a sieve with a wooden spoon or use a food mill. You get a smoother texture doing this than you would if you whizzed everything up in a food processor, this is a case of slow is better and by-hand beats technology.
  5. Return the smooth pulp to the pan and add the reduced apple juice that you set aside earlier.
  6. Bring to a boil and lower temperature to simmer for approximately 25-30 minutes until you have a thick creamy consistency.
  7. Spoon the spread into two small sterilised jars and pop on the lids.
  8. Your Sugar Free Pepper Pear And Lemon Spread will keep for up to 3 months, once opened store in the fridge and use within a couple of weeks.

Karon x

 

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Comments

  1. Sue says

    I think we all have to keep things in perspective, if you think about the naturally occurring sugar that is present in the pears and the apple juice (especially the concentrated apple juice once you have reduced it) there is the same amount of sugar in this whether or not you actually pour any of the white stuff in.

    If we eat all things in moderation, as you said this would be brilliant with cheese and crackers which then balances out the carbs, fats and sugars, we will do just fine.

    I find eating super tasty foods like this spread with a couple of crackers and a small wedge of cheese much more fulfilling than scoffing my way through a large bag of Doritos, it’s more of a meal, less of a mindless snack and therefore in it’s own way a much healthier way to eat.

    So you get my full marks for this one and I’ve already printed out the recipe, what a wonderful thing to have a jar of for Christmas :-)

    • Karon Grieve says

      Thanks Sue,
      I’m thrilled you like this one so much. I agree that the sugar sweetness content with the concentrated apple juice and pears is as high as it would be with the white stuff, but at least this is using just the natural fruit sugars and not the commercially produced stuff in the bag.
      Like you I’d far rather have a bit of this on crackers with some really nice cheese instead of hoovering up the dreaded Doritos, or even worse, dare I say the P word – pringles!
      Hope you enjoy making this one
      K x

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