Spiced Poached Pears
2 firm pears, such as underripe Bartletts or Boscs
½ cup sugar
½ cup water
2 tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1 tsp. cardamom
• Cut the pears in half, remove the core and stem, and peel off all or part of the skin.
• In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water and heat until completely dissolved. Add the lemon juice, pepper, cardamom and prepared pears. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the pears are just tender.
• Using a slotted spoon, remove the pears from the pan and set aside. Turn up the heat and reduce the pan liquid to a syrup, about 5 to 10 minutes. If serving the dish warm, return the pears to the pan to reheat. Plate the pears and spoon the syrup over them. The dish also can be served cold or at room temperature.
Tags : Pears