How to soften a bag of stubborn pears
1.5kg pack of pears
400 ml cold Rooibos Tea or tea of choice, not herbal.
250ml dates, stoned
2 large cinnamon sticks, break in half
5ml whole pimento
Four/five cardamom pods
Two/three Star anise
Peel pears, leave stalk in situ
Arrange in a saucepan large enough to accommodate pears upright.
Arrange the raisins, dates, and spices between the fruit.
Pour in the liquid of choice
(I use thick bottomed stainless steel pots which retain heat)
Heat slowly until liquid boils. Turn off heat and cover pot with a thick towel to prevent heat loss; the pears will continue to cook.
Ready when a toothpick can pierce with some effort.
Do not overcook.
Serve as it is with the cooking liquid or cream.
Delicious hot or cold.
Prepared, tried and tested Dee Harris
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