*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
                               STEAMED PEARS
 Recipe By     : 
 Serving Size  : 4    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Oriental                         Desserts
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    4                    Firm pears
    3       tb           Sugar
                         - pref. Chinese rock sugar
      1/3   c            Water
    2                    Pieces Chinese cinnamon bark
                         -ÿÿ Cinnamon sticks
   PEEL THE PEARS and cut them in half. Remove the core and seeds. Combine the
   sugar and water in a small pot and boil it until the sugar has completely
   dissolved. Allow it to cool slightly. Put the pears, sugar-water and
   cinnamon together into a shallow bowl. Set up a steamer or put a rack into
   a wok or pan. Add about 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Put the bowl
   of pears into the steamer or onto the rack, turn the heat down to a simmer
   and cover the wok or pot tightly with a lid. Slowly steam the pears for
   about 15-to-25 minutes, until they are tender. (The cooking time will
   depend on the ripeness of the pears.) When the pears are cooked, drain all
   the liquid and cinnamon stick or bark into a small saucepan and reduce the
   liquid to a syrup by boiling it fast. Remove and discard the cinnamon
   stick. Pour the syrup over the pears and serve at once. Or you can let the
   mixture cool, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are
   ready to serve it.
                    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -