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Vanilla-Ginger Asian Pears


The crisp, juicy texture and sweet, almost-floral flavor of Asian pears require little accompaniment. These pears do not soften when ripe; choose uniformly firm, unblemished fruit when shopping.

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  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, January 2009


  • 2 medium Asian pears, cored and quartered
  • 1 piece (2 inches) ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, pod reserved
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • Store-bought cookies, such as Jules Destrooper wafers, for serving (optional)


  1. Cut each pear quarter lengthwise into 4 slices, and place in a large bowl. Bring ginger, vanilla seeds and pod, sugar, and water to a boil in a small saucepan for 3 minutes. Pour mixture over pears. Press a piece of parchment directly on surface, and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Discard vanilla pod and ginger. Divide pears among 4 bowls, and serve with cookies or wafers on the side if desired.

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