Wednesday is recipe day at Cooking Manager.
This is the time of year for pears. This elegant, not-too-sweet dessert cooks up in the microwave in 15 minutes. This recipe comes from the wonderful introduction to microwave cooking, The Great Microwave Dessert Book by Thelma Pressman.
- 4 firm, ripe pears
- 3 cups water
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups dry red wine
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick, plus 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Rind of 1/2 lemon
- Mint for garnish
- Peel pears, leaving stems intact. Place in large bowl with water and lemon juice to keep pears from turning dark.
- Combine water, sugar, cinnamon and lemon rind in a 2-quart round baking dish. Cook on in the microwave on high (600-700 watts) for 5 minutes. Add pears, turning them in the wine to coat completely. Cover with waxed paper and cook on high about 9-10 minutes, until pears are just fork tender. Turn pears once or twice during cooking to keep them nicely colored.
- When pears are tender, spoon juices over them while they cool (pears should remain in liquid until ready to serve). Serve at room temperature, or chilled.
- Add a piece of mint to the stem before serving.
Keep in mind that many microwaves use 900 to 1000 watts on high, so lessen the cooking times accordingly (to about 4 minutes for the first stage, and 7-8 for the second).
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