Vanilla bean jam is one of my favourite recipes for cool weather. I like to serve it with toast, crumpets or of course freshly baked scones! It’s very easy to make and definitely would make a lovely Christmas gift.

Pear and Vanilla Bean Jam


  • 6-8 large pears
  • 2 vanilla beans, split and scraped
  • 1.5 cups sugar (add more to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Sterillised jars and lids



  1. Core pears and dice into pieces. If your pears are the thin skinned yellow or green ones they shouldn’t need to be peeled.
  2. In a large pot, combine the pears, sugar, lemon, cinnamon and vanilla beans pieces and scrapings.
  3. Cook over medium heat until the fruit is soft. Remove the solid vanilla beans and using a potato masher, break down the fruit. You can alternatively use a stick blender for more of a puree type preserve.
  4. Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes to thicken.
  5. Pour in clean sterilised jars and water bath for ten minutes at a rolling boil.