Pears with Anise is a winner. Try with different types of pears. A retro recipe from an old Chinese Cookbook.
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I was blown away by this dish based on a recipe in an old “Chinese” cookbook of mine – imagine anise with pears! I also used the same recipe for green apples, cored. Yum! A dish to play with.
Any variety of pears will do – although the results are slightly different with each variety. Look for Chinese Snow Pears for authenticity.
|6 ripe pears suitable for cooking, or 6 apples||1 cup sugar, preferably dark brown||2 cups water|
|1 tspn anise seeds, crushed||1 Tblspn lemon juice||several pieces of lemon peel|
In a pan (le crueset) or fish/pear steamer, bring sugar, water, anise, lemon juice and salt to the boil; reduce heat to a simmer.
Core the pears by using a spoon or small knife to remove the core from the base of the pear, or core the apples.
Place in the hot syrup – as long as the pan is a good one, it is not necessary for the liquid to cover the fruit as the uncovered portion will steam. In a steamer, I ensure that the base of the pear sits in the liquid.
Barely simmer until just tender – the length of time depends on the ripeness of the fruit. The smell of these cooking is stupendous!
Baste the fruit with the juice (which will give it a glaze) and remove to a dish. Reduce the liquid to about 1.5 cups and pour around the fruit.
Serve with icecream, or, better still, marscapone cheese or creme fraîche.
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