How to prepare pears in syrup
Pears in syrup are a delicious dessert or preserve made with fresh pears dipped in an aromatic sugar syrup. Here’s how you can prepare them:
– Ripe pears (preferably not overripe)
– Lemon (optional)
– Vanilla (optional)
– Cinnamon stick (optional)
Preparing the pears: Choose ripe pears, possibly organic, but not too ripe, so that they are firm and sweet. You can peel them or leave the peel on as you like. If you want to prevent the pears from oxidizing and turning brown, you can drizzle a little lemon juice over them.
Preparation of the syrup: Prepare a sugar syrup. In a saucepan, pour enough sugar to cover the pears (about 2 parts sugar to 1 part water). Add the water and mix well. You can flavor the syrup with a vanilla pod or a cinnamon stick for a little extra flavor.
Heat the syrup: Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the syrup to a boil. Keep stirring until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Add Pears: Reduce heat to medium-low and add pears to pot with syrup. Let them cook gently for about 15-20 minutes, turning them from time to time to ensure that they cook evenly.
Check doneness: To check if the pears are ready, stick a fork or toothpick into the center of a pear. If you can do it easily, the pears are cooked. Keep in mind that the cooking time may vary depending on the variety and maturity of the pears.
Cooling and storage: Once cooked, you can remove the pears from the syrup and let them cool. You can serve them immediately as a dessert or store them in a chilled syrup in an airtight container. Be sure to cover the pears completely with the syrup to preserve their freshness.
Pears in syrup are delicious served alone, on ice cream, with yoghurt or as a garnish for cakes and pies. Customize the recipe to your liking by adding spices or flavorings you love.