|From Real Simple|
With this new tradition, we wanted to try some new foods for our Christmas dinner. We've already done our own version of mashed potatoes and next up is a recipe I saw in Real Simple that I thought would make a beautiful dessert on Christmas day: cinnamon poached pears with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.
I already have a caramel sauce recipe that I love and I figured I would give the pears a shot!
What we used:
1/2 cinnamon stick
1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups water
2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
What we will use on Christmas:
2 cinnamon sticks
2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
2 cups of sugar
8-10 cups water (enough to mostly cover pears)
1/2 cup heavy cream
The steps are very simple (REAL simple, get it?). First, peel the pears and use a melon baller to scoop out the core of the pears.
Then put all the ingredients in a pot and bring it to a boil, stirring gently to dissolve the sugar.
Once it is boiling, cover and reduce the heat so the pears simmer. Let it simmer for a few minutes until the pears are soft (10-15 for the larger number of pears). Then, remove it from the heat and let it sit for a while, cooling in the liquid. After a little bit of cooling, remove the pears from the liquid.
After that, just add caramel! Oh, and some vanilla ice cream on the side :) I didn't feel like making the whole she-bang, so I just did the pears. But they were delicious and will only be improved with caramel and ice cream on Christmas day!