Recipe for Spiced Sickle Pears


2 cup sugar; or to taste
1 1/2 cup red wine vinegar; at least 5 % acidity
1 stick cinnomon
3 lb seckle pears; or other small pears
4 cloves boiling to cover


Combine the sugar, vinegar and spices in a nonreactive pot. Cover and bring to a boil; boil lightluy for about 5 minutes until sugar disolves. Add the pears and enough boiling water to cover them. Lower the heat and poach the pears for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender. Do NOT LET THEM GET MUSHY.

Remove the pears with a slotted spoon and put thenm in a covered container. Reduce the syrup over high heat until it is thickened. Let the syrup cool and then pour it through a seive over the pears. Serve them at room temperature or warm. They will keep for weeks in the fridge.

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