1 hr 15 mins
by Executive Chef Smokey the Pear
My Private Note
Units: US | Metric
- 1Choose a casserole or baking dish with just enough room to lay the pears head to tail in a single layer.
- 2Peel the pears thinly, leaving the stalks on, and then immediately roll each one in a saucer containing the juice of the lemon.
- 3Put the pears into the dish.
- 4Spoon on a scant 4 tablespoons of maple syrup and add any lemon juice remaining in the saucer.
- 5Bring the grape juice to simmering point and pour it over the pears.
- 6Cover the dish and bake at 350°F until the fruit is beautifully tender.
- 7How long this will take varies enormously- 1 hour is enough for semi-ripe dessert pears; 3 hours or more may be needed for pears that are so hard that they seem to be carved from wood.
- 8Baste the pears frequently as they bake and turn them occasionally to encourage even cooking.
- 9When the pears are ready, transfer them to a serving dish, standing them upright.
- 10Boil the cooking liquid until it turns syrupy and is reduced by about half.
- 11Stir in an extra tablespoon or two of maple if you think a little more sweetness is desirable but avoid the temptation to make the juices too sweet; the appeal of the dish lies in its fruitiness.
- 12Spoon the syrupy glaze over the pears.
- 13Serve warm or cold.
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Nutritional Facts for Vermont State Police Pears
Serving Size: 1 (287 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 185.8
- Calories from Fat 3
- Total Fat 0.4 g
- Saturated Fat 0.0 g
- Cholesterol 0.0 mg
- Sodium 5.5 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 48.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 6.1 g
- Sugars 37.4 g
- Protein 1.1 g