Apple Cider Poached Bosc Pears

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  • 2 Bosc pears
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick, crushed
  • 5 to 6 whole cloves


Preheat oven to 350° F.

Cut the pears in half lengthwise. Scoop out the core with a spoon or a Parisian scoop. Cut a small slice off the curved edge of the pear so it won’t tip over for presentation.

Arrange pears, cored-side down, in an 8-inch square or round baking dish. In a small bowl, combine apple cider, cranberries, maple syrup or honey, cinnamon and cloves. Pour over pears. Bake until tender when pierced with a knife tip, about 30 to 35 minutes. Allow to cool.

You may transfer the cooking liquid to a small saucepan and reduce slightly to make a brightly colored syrup.

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