Vanilla Bean Pear Pie Filling

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  • 18 medium-sized pears of different varieties that are ripened to the point of being slightly soft
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 vanilla beans cut lengthwise


  1. Wash, peel, core and slice pears. In a large bowl mix pears with remaining ingredients other than the vanilla bean and let stand for thirty minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Place pear mixture in a large kettle and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens.
  3. Before you add the pears, just throw half of a vanilla bean that was split lengthwise in the jar. Try to handle it carefully to keep as many seeds in there as possible instead of on your fingers.
  4. After boiling the mixture, pour into warmed jars.
  5. Firmly pack the mixture down in the jar, wipe the lip of the jar and place canning lid on top. Secure the metallic ring around the jar.
  6. Place jars in a water bath for twenty minutes.
  7. When ready to bake as a pie, add to a blind-baked pie crust using the pie crust recipe of your choice.