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Shrunken Pears

  • yield: Makes 1 dozen




  • 2 cups ruby port
  • 1 1/2 cups honey
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 3 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 12 Bosc pears


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Stir together port, honey, star anise, cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, and vanilla bean in a large roasting pan. Add raisins. Cut a 1/4-inch-thick slice from bottom of each pear to level, and then place pears in pan.

  2. Step 2

    Bake pears, basting with pan juices every 15 minutes, until skins are wrinkled and pears are golden brown and tender, about 2 1/2 hours. Let cool in pan on a wire rack.

  3. Step 3

    Arrange pears on a serving platter. Pass pan syrup through a fine sieve set over a bowl; discard solids. Drizzle syrup over pears.

Halloween 2004, October Holiday 2004

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