This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

Alice & Marlon's Pears Preserved in Port

Food

Don’t worry, it’s not Tuesday! We’re squeezing in A SECOND recipe this week because we just have too much awesome stuff to fit in before the holidays kick in!

Today our darling Partnerships Manager Alice Johnson and her partner, landscape architect Marlon Ziebell, leave us with their final recipe, a super tasty and endlessly versatile recipe for (slightly boozy) preserved pears.

What do you do with preserved pears, we hear you ask? Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, tip them on a pavlova or rich chocolate cake, or add them to muesli and yoghurt for a deliciously decadent breakfast – the options are endless!

20th December, 2018

Pears and port. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Peeled pears. Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Alice shows us how it is done! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Picture perfect and absolutely delicious! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files. Beautiful bowl from The Establishment Studios.

If you follow our method, they will keep for months! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Dexter, Marlon and Alice – adorable! Photo – Amelia Stanwix for The Design Files.

Alice Johnson
Thursday 20th December 2018

‘This recipe is a favourite for its simplicity and comfort, and because it means we get to enjoy pears the whole year round!’ – Alice Johnson.

When I was little I remember vividly going to visit my grandparents in the English countryside. As soon as we’d get there, my brother and I would excitedly run out to their garden to their big pear tree. Grandpa would lift us into the branches so that we could pick our own fruit. No matter what time of year we went, there was always the juiciest couple of pears waiting for us! I now know that pears don’t actually grow on trees in the middle of an English winter, and Grandpa had in fact been tying the pears to the tree with string so that we’d always be able to have the fruit that we want, no matter the season.

This recipe is a favourite in our house for its simplicity and comfort, and because it means we get to enjoy pears the whole year round. There is nothing quite like seeing the pears tumble out of the jar, a perfect dessert ready-made. Sometimes, we warm them up in the oven and serve them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or thick cream, but you could also add them to trifle, tip them on top of a pavlova or rich chocolate cake, or add them to muesli and yoghurt for a (slightly) boozy breakfast addition. The port gives them a wonderfully spicy, and somewhat grown-up alcoholic sweetness that is perfect for festive occasions with friends. Bring on Christmas!

Ingredients (Makes 4 x 1-Litre Jars)

8-10 pears (one with a nice firm flesh are best for this)

2 cups of brown sugar

Cinnamon sticks (1 per jar)

2 cups of port + 1 extra glass

2 cup of boiling water

Cloves

Method

Peel the pears and cut them in half, keeping the stalk on. Don’t worry if the pear has pips in the centre, it is much better to leave them in whole halves than try to cut out the middle. To prevent browning, place the peeled pears into a bowl of water with lemon.

Combine the brown sugar and boiling water. Mix until dissolved. Take the extra glass of port you put aside at the start and enjoy a drink while you’re making it all. You have to enjoy the process! Add the remaining port to the sugar and water mixture and stir until combined.

Pack the pears into the jars. You’ll need quite wide jars for this as the pears take up a lot of space and they’re much easier to pack when they’re in a wide-topped jar. If necessary, you can quarter the pears instead but ideally, you want to keep them in halves as they are just so much more enjoyable to eat later on when they’re in larger pieces. Place a cinnamon stick into each jar, along with 2-3 cloves.

Pour over the liquid into the jars until it covers the pears. Seal with a lid. As pears vary in size so considerably, it is really hard to give an exact amount of fruit for this recipe so if you have too little of the liquid then just make an extra batch (it should only take a couple of extra minutes). I usually make extra just in case!

Now it is time to preserve them so that you can store them for months and eat them later on in the year when pears are no longer in season. The steps for preserving in a jar are similar than the ones you did for the mustard.

Take the biggest and tallest pot you have, and line the bottom with a tea towel. Place the jars of pears on top of the tea towel, making sure that the jars aren’t too close together to prevent breakage. Fill the pot with water making sure to cover the jars. Bring the water to boil over medium heat, and once boiling, leave the jars submerged and boiling for at least 2 hours so that the pears have plenty of time to soften and the liquid to become syrupy. After 2 hours, remove the jars using tongs and place onto a heatproof surface. Store in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to eat them!

This Week

On The Market

A Charming Victorian Cottage, Turned Contemporary Family Home (With Two Rooftop Terraces!)

A sleek renovation in one of Melbourne’s most coveted inner city locales revives this heritage home - and it's on the market!
Sasha Gattermayr

Shopping

A Sunny New Range Of Planters From Capra Designs

Capra Designs debuts a new collection of planters inspired by ancient Roman architecture.
Sasha Gattermayr

Homes

A Quirky, Contemporary Harbourside Penthouse, For Stylish Downsizers!

The Neutral Bay penthouse apartment of Tracy and Peter Fleming, renovated by their son Jono Fleming with Strutt Studios.

News

Fab Face Masks Made By Women From Refugee Backgrounds In Melbourne

Second Stitch is a homewares and fashion enterprise offering training certificates and employment to women from refugee, migrant, and asylum...
Sasha Gattermayr
  7 hours ago

News

Seljak Brand Releases A New Wool Blanket Made From Recycled Jumpers

The pioneering Australian label releases a new recycled blanket spun from old woollen jumpers and garments.

Architecture

Two Buildings + Two Courtyard Gardens = One Clever Inner City Home

This Fitzroy North house by Rob Kennon Architects turns the traditional house and backyard model on its head!
Amelia Barnes
  16 hours ago

Art

TDF Collect Presents 'Devotions' By Lucy Roleff

The much-anticipated debut solo show from the Melbourne realist painter is here!

Modernist Australia

A Fond Farewell To Modernist Australia!

Going, going... GONE! We bid a sad adieu to Trish Callan, and look back at some highlights from Modernist Australia, the website that raised...
Sasha Gattermayr
  8 hours ago

On The Market

Permaculture Expert Ben Shaw's Gorgeous Geelong Home (+ Garden!) Hits The Market

A 1920s house with Geelong's best suburban garden (we're calling it!) created by permaculture expert Ben Shaw is up for sale.

Architecture

A Gloriously Verdant Inner-City Extension

BKK Architects design a contemporary addition around its luscious, sprawling garden for a pair of self-declared introverts in North Fitzroy....
Sasha Gattermayr

News

Street Artist Rone's First Book Is Released!

Read all about it – a new book chronicles the prolific Melbourne artist’s two decades on the Australian art scene.

Architecture

Go Inside Australia’s Most Incredible Architectural Homes - For A Great Cause!

To replace their annual fundraiser, The Robin Boyd Foundation launches Virtual Open House, offering the chance to video-tour through award-w...
Sasha Gattermayr

News

An Exhibition Weaving The Past, Present + Future Of First Nations Textiles

Distinguished textile artist Elisa Carmichael reimagines traditional weaving practices in today’s contemporary context.

Architecture

A Totally Transfixing Concrete Retreat

This contemporary family home in Kew by Architects EAT is totally secluded, yet bright, breezy and open!
Sasha Gattermayr

TDF Design Awards

Announcing Our 2020 The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards FINALISTS!

It's a big one today, people! From Architects, to Landscape Designers, Furniture Designers, Craft practitioners and more... say hello to the...

View Comments

Similar Stories

Food

Alice & Marlon's Simple Ginger Sauerkraut

Wholesome recipes for preserving, pickling and fermenting, from our very own Alice Johnson!
Alice Johnson

Food

Alice & Marlon's Amazing Wholegrain Mustard

WHO KNEW it was so easy to make your own mustard? SO much better than the store bought variety – think Xmas and summer BBQ crowdpleaser!
Alice Johnson

Food

Alice & Marlon's Perfect Pickled Onions

This simple pickle will take your summer cheese platter to the next level!
Alice Johnson

This Week

On The Market

Permaculture Expert Ben Shaw's Gorgeous Geelong Home (+ Garden!) Hits The Market

A 1920s house with Geelong's best suburban garden (we're calling it!) created by permaculture expert Ben Shaw is up for sale.

News

An Exhibition Weaving The Past, Present + Future Of First Nations Textiles

Distinguished textile artist Elisa Carmichael reimagines traditional weaving practices in today’s contemporary context.

TDF Design Awards

Announcing Our 2020 The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards FINALISTS!

It's a big one today, people! From Architects, to Landscape Designers, Furniture Designers, Craft practitioners and more... say hello to the...

Architecture

A Gloriously Verdant Inner-City Extension

BKK Architects design a contemporary addition around its luscious, sprawling garden for a pair of self-declared introverts in North Fitzroy....
Sasha Gattermayr

Shopping

A Sunny New Range Of Planters From Capra Designs

Capra Designs debuts a new collection of planters inspired by ancient Roman architecture.
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

Two Buildings + Two Courtyard Gardens = One Clever Inner City Home

This Fitzroy North house by Rob Kennon Architects turns the traditional house and backyard model on its head!
Amelia Barnes
  16 hours ago

News

Seljak Brand Releases A New Wool Blanket Made From Recycled Jumpers

The pioneering Australian label releases a new recycled blanket spun from old woollen jumpers and garments.

News

Fab Face Masks Made By Women From Refugee Backgrounds In Melbourne

Second Stitch is a homewares and fashion enterprise offering training certificates and employment to women from refugee, migrant, and asylum...
Sasha Gattermayr
  7 hours ago

Art

TDF Collect Presents 'Devotions' By Lucy Roleff

The much-anticipated debut solo show from the Melbourne realist painter is here!

Homes

A Quirky, Contemporary Harbourside Penthouse, For Stylish Downsizers!

The Neutral Bay penthouse apartment of Tracy and Peter Fleming, renovated by their son Jono Fleming with Strutt Studios.

News

Street Artist Rone's First Book Is Released!

Read all about it – a new book chronicles the prolific Melbourne artist’s two decades on the Australian art scene.

On The Market

A Charming Victorian Cottage, Turned Contemporary Family Home (With Two Rooftop Terraces!)

A sleek renovation in one of Melbourne’s most coveted inner city locales revives this heritage home - and it's on the market!
Sasha Gattermayr

Architecture

Go Inside Australia’s Most Incredible Architectural Homes - For A Great Cause!

To replace their annual fundraiser, The Robin Boyd Foundation launches Virtual Open House, offering the chance to video-tour through award-w...
Sasha Gattermayr

Modernist Australia

A Fond Farewell To Modernist Australia!

Going, going... GONE! We bid a sad adieu to Trish Callan, and look back at some highlights from Modernist Australia, the website that raised...
Sasha Gattermayr
  8 hours ago

Architecture

A Totally Transfixing Concrete Retreat

This contemporary family home in Kew by Architects EAT is totally secluded, yet bright, breezy and open!
Sasha Gattermayr

Similar Stories

Food

Alice & Marlon's Simple Ginger Sauerkraut

Wholesome recipes for preserving, pickling and fermenting.
Alice Johnson

Food

Alice & Marlon's Amazing Wholegrain Mustard

WHO KNEW it was so easy to make your own mustard? And yes... it tastes SO much better than the store bought variety!
Alice Johnson

Food

Alice & Marlon's Perfect Pickled Onions

This simple pickle will take your summer cheese platter to the next level!
Alice Johnson