Poached Pears

Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Peel the pears and remove the cores (if you so wish, you could peel the pears but leave them whole with the stems intact) place the pears in a saucepan that is deep enough to accommodate them.
  2. Add enough basic syrup to completely submerge the pears and bring to a simmering low boil until the pears turn just tender.
  3. Leave pears in the poaching liquid for 10-15 minutes, then drain and serve.
  4. For liqueur-poached pears, replace half of the basic syrup with any liqueur of your choice.
  5. For tasty, spicy poached pears, add one or two cloves, a small piece of cinnamon stick and two of three thin slices of ginger to the basic syrup while poaching.
  6. For the syrup, combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil until liquid turns syrupy. Cool and keep aside until needed.

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