Monday, October 24, 2011

Day 23

This is a lovely dessert that represents fall well.  The aromas, flavors and ingredients are warming and easily found in the fall.  I like to serve the pears warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the sauce can be saved and used as an ice cream topping on its own.  Enjoy!
Ginger Pears 
5 firm, ripe pears (Bartletts or Anjous work well)
3 cups apple cider
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 cup cold water
1/2 teaspoon almond extract or Amaretto

Peel, quarter and core pears.
Set pears, apple cider, ginger and salt to simmer on stove for 20 minutes, or until pears soften.
Mix cornstarch and water in a separate container.  Add to pears and stir until sauce thickens.
Remove from heat and add almond extract or Amaretto.
Serve either warm or cold.

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