Fruit & Spiced Pear Halves
I like sweet, tart and nutty things together, so this is really a dish made just for me, but everyone at dinner tonight really enjoyed them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The spices in the finished syrup give it a spiced flavor that reminds me of the pears Mom and Grammie used to can.
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- 1 can(s)
- pear halves in juices (not syrup), reserving liquid
- approx 1 c
- reserved liquid from pears (should be about all the liquid)
- 1/4 c
- dried cranberries
- 1/8 c
- 1/8 to 1/4 c
- green apple, peeled and diced
- 1 1/2 tsp
- ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp
- 1/8 tsp
- ground cloves
- 4 to 4 1/2 tsp
- granulated sugar
- chopped walnuts
1Drain the liquid out of the pears and set aside. Refrigerate pear halves until ready to serve.
2In a saucepan over high heat, mix 1 cup reserved juices, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and sugar. Bring to a boil and turn heat to medium, keeping it at a strong simmer.
Add the cranberry and raisins and continue to simmer about 5 minutes.
Add the apple pieces and simmer a few more minutes. The liquid should be slightly reduced and become syrupy.
3Remove syrup from heat and allow to cool slightly.
4To serve, scoop about a tablespoon or so of fruit from the syrup into the center of each pear. Top with some finely chopped walnuts, then pour/drizzle syrup over the fruit and pears.
I ended up serving these alongside a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled a bit of the syrup over the ice cream as well.