Saffron pears

Saffron pears


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About this recipe: Pears make for a healthy and unusual dessert when paired with exotic saffron.

Janet Mitchell

Serves: 6 

  • 250 ml water
  • 250 ml white wine
  • 200 g sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 6 firm pears

Prep:5min  ›  Cook:1hr55min  ›  Ready in:2hr 

  1. Combine all the ingredients, except the pears, in a saucepan in which the pears will fit snugly upright. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the pears, leaving the stems intact. Add to the saucepan, cover, then simmer until the pears begin to take on a glazed appearance, about 1½ hours.
  3. Close to serving time, remove the pears and reduce the syrup for 20 minutes or until it is almost toffee-like. Pour the syrup over the pears and serve with sweet biscuits on the side.

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