How to make Mulled Pears

Excerpt from 'Plot to Pot' by Madeleine Cardozo
To Bottle or not to bottle...
It is all very well enjoying the fruits of the garden during the summer months, but of course you can enjoy them in the winter as well by storing them, this is a great last minute pudding, all you have to do is to take out of the cupboard and serve it either warm or cold.  Mulled pears are delicious with vanilla ice cream, cream or crème fraîche.
Preparation: 20 minutes | Cooling time: 40 minutes | Serves: 8
4lbs (1.8kg) firm pears
1 orange
1 lemon
2 cinnamon sticks
12 cloves
5cm (2") piece of fresh root ginger
11 oz (300g) granulated sugar
1 bottle of fruity red wine
- top this up with water if necessary
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 Ø  Peel the pears, but keep their stalks.
 Ø  Peel the rinds of the lemon and orange using a
potato peeler.
v To Bottle:       
 Ø  Stuff as many pears as
you can into your storage bottles.
 Ø  Divide the spices and
rinds between the bottles.
 Ø  Put the sugar and wine
into a pan and heat up on a low heat until all the sugar has been dissolved.
Then boil for 5 minutes.
 Ø  Pour the wine syrup
completely covering the pears.
 Ø  Secure the lids.
 Ø  Put into the oven and
cook for about 30 minutes at 100˚C/200˚F/gas mark 3
 Ø  Take the jars out, watch
out because they are extremely hot.
 Ø  When they are cool check
that the seal on the jars has worked.  You can do this by gently trying to
open the jar, if it is not possible they are sealed.
Not to
 Ø  Put all the pears into a
pan, add the spices sugar and wine.
 Ø  Put a lid on.
 Ø  Simmer the pears for approximately 20 minutes.
 Ø  When the pears are cooked, you can either serve them
hot or let them cool.


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