Spiced Pears In Cider Recipe

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 250 oF / 130 oC.

Step 2

Peel the pears neatly, leaving the stalks on, and stand them in a large casserole.

Step 3

In a saucepan bring the cider, sugar, split vanilla pod and cinnamon sticks to the boil.

Step 4

Pour this over the pears, cover the casserole and bake very slowly for about 3 hours, turning the pears half-way through the cooking time.

Step 5

When the pears are cooked, transfer them to a serving bowl and cool.

Step 6

Pour the liquid into a saucepan, discarding the vanilla pod and cinnamon sticks.

Step 7

Mix the arrowroot with a little cold water to a smooth paste, then add to the saucepan with the liquid. Bring to the boil, stirring till the mixture has thickened slightly to a syrup.

Step 8

Pour it over the pears, allow to cool a little, then baste each pear with a good coating of the syrup.

Step 9

Place in the refrigerator to chill thoroughly and serve sprinkled with toasted flaked almonds and whipped cream.

From: Felicity and Roald Dahl, Memories with Food at Gipsy House, Viking, Penguin 1991, ISBN 0-670-83462-9

Typed for you by Rene Gagnaux @ 2:301/212.19 (or 2:301/707.20)

Things You'll Need

  • 6lg Firm pears
  • 1pt Dry cider; strong
  • - or red wine
  • 4oz Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla pod; split
  • 2 Whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1ts Corn starch; or arrowroot
  • Flaked almonds; toasted
  • 15fl Double cream; whipped

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