Spiced Cider-Poached Pears
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Make this dessert the day before so the pears have a chance to cool in the syrup and soak up its flavors. Look for firm but ripe pears, with a sweet aroma.
pear(s)2 medium, ripe
apple cider2 cup(s), do not use apple juice
cinnamon stick(s)1 average
ground cloves⅛ tsp
ground nutmeg⅛ tsp
- Peel the pears with a vegetable peeler or a sharp paring knife, then core them by using a melon baller or a grapefruit spoon to dig up into the bottom of the pear, carving out the seeds and core. Work carefully and slowly, pulling out little bits at a time, to avoid splitting the flesh.
- Place the pears, cider, cinnamon stick, cloves and nutmeg in a large saucepan; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce the heat, and simmer slowly until the pears are tender when pierced with a fork, about 25 minutes.
- Use a slotted spoon to transfer the pears to a container or mixing bowl; set aside.
- Discard the cinnamon stick and cloves; stir the honey into the poaching liquid. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat.
- Boil until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 6 minutes. Pour over the pears, cool, cover and refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days. To serve, place each pear in individual serving bowl and pour half the liquid over each pear.