Pears

Recipes

Pear and Ginger Loaf
250g s r flour .......................................... 1 tsp bicarb
1 tbsp ground ginger.............................. 1 tsp cinnamon
125g butter ............................................ 250g golden syrup
125g muscovado sugar ......................... 250ml milk
2 eggs ...................................................... 4 pears, peeled, cored and chopped

Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4. Grease and line 25x12cm loaf tin. Melt butter, syrup and sugar together and then add milk to cool down the mixture. Mix flour, bicarb, ginger and cinnamon and stir in syrup mixture. The add pear pieces and eggs. Pour into tin and bake for 1 hour.

Spicy Pear Shortcake
300g butter .................................................... 300g muscovado sugar
vanilla extract ................................................ 3 eggs
300g self raising flour ................................... 1 tablespoon allspice
3 ripe pears, peeled and sliced ................... 100ml golden syrup

Grease and line 23x35cm tin. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Fold in flour, and spices. Spoon into tin and level off. Place sliced pear over top and drizzle over syrup. Bake for 25-30 mins until firm and golden.

Pear and Bacon Salad (starter)
3 pears, peeled, cut into quarters and cored ............. 12 strips streaky bacon
50ml honey .................................................................... 1 teaspoon five spice powder
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger ................................... 120ml ginger wine (eg Crabbie’s)
Salad leaves for garnish – eg rocket, mizuna, mibuna

Wrap each pear quarter with a bacon strip and place in shallow ovenproof dish. Mix honey, spice and ginger and brush over pears. Pour over wine and bake at 180C for 1- 12 mins until bacon is crispy and pears are tender. Garnish with salad leaves. Serves 4.