Don't wait for them to go soft - press gently at the stem end and if there is a slight yield they will be ripe. Just replaced the normal self-raising-flower with glutenfree-self-raising-flower.....Yammmm, no difference in taste at all!

please choose Puerto Rico Place the mince and sausage meat in a large bowl with the grated apple, whole egg and egg white, onion, garlic, herbs, chutney or tomato sauce, salt, pepper and chilli.

More than 750 of my best-ever savoury recipes! But if you catch that fleeting moment of a perfectly ripe pear, in all its buttery, juicy, perfumed glory, you will understand why it is that some people are mad for pears.

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Like apples, pears do not grow true from seed, and every pip produces a fruit that is different, which explains why wilding pears can be very gritty or even odiferously perfumed. Makes 3 cups.

American Samoa Stored in the fridge, pears keep for weeks, or in the case of the firmer winter varieties can hold right though to September provided there is no damage.
Canada Boil without stirring until mixture turns a golden caramel colour (about 8-10 minutes).

More highly prized than apples, they were considered "gold to the apple's silver". Get VIP offers and great foodie inspiration. Simmer until tender (about 1 hour). Do not be tempted to stir the mixture as this could cause it to crystallise. South Dakota For a gluten-free version use the same amount of rice flour instead of regular flour. United States Grease the sides of a 25cm-diameter cake tin and line the base with baking paper. Luxembourg Liechtenstein Pyrus communis, the European pear (the Asian nashi pear is a different species, called Pyrus pyrifolia), is native across continental Europe through to northwest Iran.

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Portugal Add pears, cover and simmer, turning now and then, until tender (about 20 minutes). Italy Seeds were steeped in perfume and seedlings were doused with perfumed water, but such practices were never needed for pears, whose fragrance has been appreciated through the ages.

In a pot that will fit the pears snugly upright in a single layer, heat together wine, sugar, cinnamon sticks, cloves, vanilla extract and orange zest.


Indiana 1 cup walnut pieces2 just-ripe pears, sliced1 fennel bulb (about 200g), trimmed and sliced2 handfuls watercress or spinach leaves2 Tbsp chopped parsley leaves½ cup vinaigrette dressing. Monaco

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Place pear slices, fennel slices and watercress or spinach leaves in the cold water and set aside for at least 15 minutes to crisp. Algeria Get VIP offers & great foodie content & you could win an iPad Air 2!

Hi Annabel, thoroughly enjoyed the date pud, a satisfying treat for all! Guadeloupe Michigan Add pears, cover and simmer, turning now and then, until tender (about 20 minutes).

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Netherlands If using fresh pears, heat ½ cup sugar and water in a pot that will fit 6 pear halves in a single layer. Vermont

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On both occasions my sauce has turned to toffee when cream was added. Pour batter over the top and smooth evenly to fully cover the pears.

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Yes - you could replace pears with apples!

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Serve with warm Wicked Toffee Sauce. Serve with icecream.

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Divide between ramekins and bake until set and golden (about 12 minutes). Monaco Illinois Martinique what did I do wrong? Finland

Preheat oven to 180˚C fanbake.

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Stand for at least 10 minutes before turning upside down onto a serving platter and removing the baking paper.

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½ cup sugar, plus 2 Tbsp extra1 cup water3 ripe pears, peeled, halved and cored or 6 canned pear halves60g dark chocolate (at least 70 per cent cocoa solids), chopped2 eggs2 Tbsp flour1 tsp each baking powder, mixed spice and ground gingerVanilla icecream, to serve. To ripen a pear, bring it back to room temperature and leave for a few days (up to about a week if it comes direct from the chiller).


Hi Laura, prunes are much wetter than dates, so will change the texture of the cake. I managed to salvage enough flavoured cream to use for the sauce so all was not lost. Greenland Delaware

The breaking varieties stay hard even when ripe and are usually best for cooking, while the melting types become highly aromatic and soften to a buttery texture when ripe. Once picked, pears should be chilled to ripen properly.


Norway Early gardeners often used perfumes in their cultivation, thinking this would influence the flavour of the fruit (a practice likely based on the observation that the milk and flesh of animals often takes on flavours from the herbs on which they graze).

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Arrange pear slices in a circle around the base of the tin, placing a few slices in the centre. Place walnuts on a shallow oven tray and roast until fragrant (about 10 minutes). Also very easy to change into a Gluten Free cake!

Portugal I have made this recipe twice and it has been a great success and as the recipe implies is wickedly yummy.

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Guatemala Missouri To make Wicked Toffee Sauce, place water in a pot, add caster sugar and place over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves and comes to the boil, swirling the pot now and then.

You must be logged in to add comments, click here to join. Switzerland Denmark Divide pears and chocolate between six 1-cup capacity ramekins and spoon 2 Tbsp poaching or canning syrup into each.Beat eggs and remaining 2 tbsp sugar until thick, pale and creamy. Discover how to live a Free Range Life – enjoying the simple pleasures of exploring your creativity, connecting with nature and sharing food and laughter through the seasons.

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Tess - you could add raisins. Mayotte Simmer syrup over a high heat to reduce it by half.

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San Marino Is it their appearance or that it's hard to tell from the outside if they are actually ripe? Washington Hi Tilly- Thanks for the tip about making it gluten free. Guam Sticky Date Pudding  keeps well for a day or two and can be frozen. Hawaii Hope to enjoy more recipes of yours soon! Greenland

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You can increase the ingredients by half to make a larger pudding. 1 bottle red wine (it doesn't need to be expensive)¾ cup sugar2 cinnamon sticks1 tsp each whole cloves and vanilla extractZest of ½ orange, cut with a vegetable peeler (no pith)6 firm pears, peeled but with stems left intactWater, to coverVanilla icecream or soft whipped cream, to serve. Georgia



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