Warm Dessert for Crisp Weather

Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.
-–Pablo Picasso

I don’t know about you guys out there, but I just love warm desserts in the fall and winter months. Especially when the dessert features fruits and berries. What I am going to share with you today is a simple yet elegant dish made with fresh pears, flavored with cinnamon and lemon.

Spiced Pears in Cider

4 Pears, medium-firm

Dry Cider, 250 ml

Thinly pared strip of lemon rind

1 Cinnamon stick

2 tbsp Light brown sugar

1 tsp corn starch

Method:

  • Peel the pears, leaving them whole with the stalks on. Place in a pan with the cider, lemon rind and cinnamon. Cover and simmer gently, turning the pears occasionally, for about 15- 20 minutes. Or until the pears are tender.
  • Lift the pears out with a slotted spoon. Boil the syrup, uncovered, until reduced by about half. Remove the lemon rind and cinnamon stick, then stir in the sugar.
  • Mix the corn starch with 1 tablespoon of cold water, in a small bowl until smooth. Then stir into the syrup. Bring to a boil and stir over medium heat until thickened and clear.
  • Pour the sauce over the pears. Cool slightly before serving.

*You can use any variety of pears that are firm for this recipe.

*If you wish, you can halve the pears and core them before cooking. This shortens the cooking time slightly.

*The cider in this recipe can be substituted with red wine for beautifully colored pears.

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