Farmersgirl Kitchen

Sticky Spiced Toffee Pears

Uncategorized | October 12, 2009 | By

On Saturday I noticed there were still a lot of pears in the fruit bowl. They had been very hard when I bought them but now were suddenly all ripe at the same time. I knew right away what I woudl do with them, because since last weekend I have been smelling the Star Anise in the cupboard every time I opened the door. I couldn’t get it all to fit in my spice jar and there were two ‘stars’ in the open box.

So I put some water in a pan with two tablespoons of light brown sugar, the two star anise, half a cinnamon stick and four cloves. I put it on a gentle heat to let the sugar melt, while I peeled the pears and cored them from the bottom – ouch! Once the sugar had melted, I poached the pears for about 20 minutes, then left them to cool in the syrup. Once cool, I lifted them out into a dish and then returned the syrup to the pan and turned up the heat. Now I was planning to reduce it slightly, but went to do something else and just caught it as it turned to caramel! Another few seconds and it would have been ruined.

I poured it over the cooled pears and found that indeed I did have caramel, with strands just like James Martin 😮 So I thought I should take a picture, because I’m sure I would never get the caramel right if was trying!

  1. Chow and Chatter
    October 12, 2009

    oh yummy pear recipe love the new banner, lol Rebecca

  2. ABowlOfMush
    October 12, 2009

    Yum, there's nothing better than pears and caramel!

  3. Angelnorth
    October 13, 2009

    Mmmm, got distracted by these rather than the cheesecake – they look heavenly!

  4. LDH
    October 13, 2009

    Adorable banner!

    Gotta try the caramel pears!

  5. Chele
    October 14, 2009

    Great photo – love the colour of the caramel too, I can almost taste it!

  6. Traceyr
    October 14, 2009

    Any left Janice?

    They would be yummy with some icecream right now. 🙂