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Poached allspice pears
4 large dessert pears, peeled,
cored and halved
300ml/10fl oz orange juice
2 teaspoons ground allspice
25g/1oz Demerara sugar
• Put the pears in a large saucepan. Add the orange juice, ground
allspice, raisins and sugar, and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar has
dissolved. Bring the mixture to the boil and continue to boil for 1 minute.
• Reduce the heat to low, and leave to simmer for about 10 minutes. Test
to see if the pears are soft and cooked by inserting the tip of a sharp
knife. When they are ready, remove the pears from the pan with a
slotted spoon and transfer to serving plates.
• Serve hot with the syrup.
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