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                           SPICED PEARS IN CIDER
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Desserts                         Fruits
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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    6       lg           Firm pears
    1       pt           Dry cider -- strong
                         - or red wine
    4       oz           Sugar
    1                    Vanilla pod -- split
    2                    Whole cinnamon sticks
    1       t            Corn starch -- or arrowroot
                         Flaked almonds -- toasted
   15       fl           Double cream -- whipped
   Preheat the oven to 250 oF / 130 oC.
   Peel the pears neatly, leaving the stalks on, and stand them in a large
   In a saucepan bring the cider, sugar, split vanilla pod and cinnamon sticks
   to the boil.
   Pour this over the pears, cover the casserole and bake very slowly for
   about 3 hours, turning the pears half-way through the cooking time.
   When the pears are cooked, transfer them to a serving bowl and cool.
   Pour the liquid into a saucepan, discarding the vanilla pod and cinnamon
   Mix the arrowroot with a little cold water to a smooth paste, then add to
   the saucepan with the liquid. Bring to the boil, stirring till the mixture
   has thickened slightly to a syrup.
   Pour it over the pears, allow to cool a little, then baste each pear with a
   good coating of the syrup.
   Place in the refrigerator to chill thoroughly and serve sprinkled with
   toasted flaked almonds and whipped cream.
   From: Felicity and Roald Dahl, Memories with Food at Gipsy House, Viking,
   Penguin 1991, ISBN 0-670-83462-9
   Typed for you by Rene Gagnaux @ 2:301/212.19 (or 2:301/707.20)
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