Pears in Cider

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This reciipe is Gluten Free.

After the delicious Pears with Macaroon Crumble Topping last week, my mum left us waiting for her next pudding she was going to make with pears. Well here it is and this is what she said to me…

I told you it was worth the wait!

Serves 4-6 people

1 pint (568ml) of Medium/Sweet Cider
4-6 Ripe Pears (but still firm)
½ Cinnamon stick
2 or 3 pieces of Lemon rind
5ozs Caster sugar – unrefined
1 level teaspoon of Arrowroot - optional

1 Place the cider, sugar, lemon rind and cinnamon in a saucepan and bring slowly to the boil to allow the sugar to dissolve.

2 Turn it down to a simmer and add the pears, poach for 20/30mins until pears are soft but still whole and firm. The pears need to be frequently turned in the cider to cook them.

3 When the pears are cooked (check with a knife) take out of the liquid set them aside and keep them warm.

4 Bring the poaching liquid back to the boil and cook until the liquid is syrupy. A little arrowroot can be added if required.

5 Pour a little of the syrup over the pears to glaze them.

6 To serve place them in individual glass dishes, or a large dish, spoon over some of the syrup and serve hot, warm or chilled with fresh cream or vanilla ice-cream.

Ice-cream is particularly good if the pears are hot and a chocolate sauce is also good poured over the pears.

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