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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

glazed pears

These quick and easy glazed pears make an outstanding dessert in no time at all. Served hot or cold, alone or with chilled cream or ice-cream they are simply delicious.

Serves: 6


250g raw castor sugar

250ml dessert wine or sweet table wine

165ml water

1 vanilla bean split and scrapped

3 pears, halved and cored with a melon baller


Place all the above ingredients, expect the pears, in a wide pot and heat gently on medium - stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the pears, cut side down, cover with baking paper and a weight and simmer until tender – about 15-20 minutes. Set aside in the syrup. Just prior to serving place the pan back on the heat and cook on a very high flame until the sauce caramalises. Remove the pears carefully from the syrup and gently place one on each plate, pour over any remaining syrup. A sprinkling of icing sugar adds a nice touch to the finished dish.

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