Well, it’s been a little over three months, and I took the liquor out and was left with a container full of brandy soaked pears! I only got 2-3 cups of pear brandy liqueur from this infusion – the pears really soaked up the brandy!
I’m going to let the brandy sit by itself for a little while to see how that changes the flavors up, if at all. It didn’t taste very tart at all – very sweet, actually! I would probably cut the sugar in half next time because it was very syrupy. The pears tasted ripe in the liqueur itself, which I am not a huge fan of since I like my pears tart and crunchy. But all tastes so far have been positive.
If you can’t tell, I moved the pears and brandy from the crappy Mr. Peanut container to this one I bought. Much better seal on it! I kept it in my bathroom closet to keep it out of the light (it’s a really big closet too – not near chemicals or anything).
I didn’t count how many pears were in there, but I snacked on three of them. Yum, these were delicious! They look just gorgeous, no? Can anyone think of a good dish to use them in? I am thinking a bread pudding, or some kind of dessert.
The skin is a nice shade of brandy brown, lighter in some parts than others.
They tasted a bit salty-tart, kind of like the ume fruit at the bottom of umeshu wine. I really liked it! I feel like the brandy cured the fruit, or something. I gave Albany John some nibbles and he also enjoyed it!
The pears were still very hard, firm, and crisp. I crunched into the flesh when I bit it. Again, because of the sugar, it was a little on the saccharine-sweet side. But this was countered by the sharp alcohol flavor of the brandy, and that oddly saline flavor kicking around in the background.
I consider this infusion a rousing success. I am definitely catalyzed to do this again. It’s just a pity that now the growing season is over and I am unable to find other fruits to preserve. Once Spring and Summer come I will keep my eyes open for other delights to infuse. I mean, if there’s two things I love, it’s fruit and liquor. If I can combine them, even better!
And guess what I learned? Two or so brandy pears contain a fair amount of booze! *hic*