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.
1 can(s)pear halves in juices (not syrup), reserving liquid
approx 1 creserved liquid from pears (should be about all the liquid)
1/4 cdried cranberries
1/8 to 1/4 cgreen apple, peeled and diced
1 1/2 tspground cinnamon
1/8 tspground cloves
4 to 4 1/2 tspgranulated sugar
How to Make Fruit & Spiced Pear Halves
- Drain the liquid out of the pears and set aside. Refrigerate pear halves until ready to serve.
- In 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.
- Remove syrup from heat and allow to cool slightly.
- To 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.