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Scale back on the sugar and it's spectacular! Next time I'll start with 1/2 cup and add more to taste. You get sweetness from the orange juice as well as the pear so a full cup isn't really necessary. I had to add an additional cup of cranberries to balance it out.
I roughly followed this recipe and it was amazing. I've never been particularly fond of the tartness of cranberries so I used an equal amount of pears instead of just one and anise and the spice blend were a little out of hand for me so I just substituted other spice blends (nutmeg allspice) to taste. It turned out a dark dark red but so sweet and delicious. We ate in on toast for months and it kept fine.
3/4 cup of sugar is more than enough. Made fresh garam masala using the recipe "Easy garam masala" (here on Allrepcipe). It was soooo yummie mingling the aromas of the freshly ground spices! The biggest difficulty is not to eat it all at once.
This sauce is delicious! I can see where some people are suggesting cutting down on the amount of sugar - it is sweet but I rather like it that way since it has the additional ginger and spice flavor. I love the combination of pears and cranberries. I had to sub fresh ginger for candied and since I forgot to pick up star anise I subbed about a 1/4 tsp. of Chinese 5-Spice powder which is heavy on the anise flavor. Worked out great! Use a decent garam masala - some of those bottled grocery store ones are awful. The Easy Garam Masala recipe from this site is good in a pinch.