Somerset Pears

Somerset Pears

Serves: to serve 4

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ready In: 35 mins

¼ pint - dry cider

2 teaspoons - lemon juice

1 tablespoon - sugar

½ teaspoon - ground cinnamon

  pinch - grated nutmeg

1 - orange

4 - pears

  1. Finely grate (shred) the rind of the orange (the inside of the orange can still be eaten normally). Place the cider, lemon juice, sugar cinnamon, orange rind and nutmeg into a pan. Bring to the boil then turn down the heat, cover and simmer gently for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the pears, cut them in half lengthways and remove the cores**. Place the pears in the liquid and simmer very gently for 20-30 minutes until they are soft. Lift the pears onto a serving dish and pour the liquid over. Serve with a spoon of ice cream.
  3. **If you feel confident, peel the pears leaving them intact with the stalk then core them using an old-fashioned potato peeler. You can them present them whole at the table as in the photo.