Making this dish is so easy, and the longer the pears marinate in the liquid the better—I usually let them sit overnight. Serve as is or a la mode.


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SERVES 4

You will need:
8 cups water
1 cup sugar
a few saffron strands
10 whole cardamom pods
6 pink peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 lemon
1/2 lime
4 small firm pears
  1. Place water, sugar, spices, and citrus in a pot, and bring to a boil.
  2. Peel the pears, leaving the stem, and add them to the liquid.
  3. Let the pears simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and allow pears cool in liquid. Let stand at least 6 hours, though overnight is best.
  5. Serve with a mint sprig and some extra liquid.

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Making this dish is so easy, and the longer the pears marinate in the liquid the better—I usually let them sit overnight. Serve as is or a la mode.
Photography by Paul Lowe

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