Winter Pears

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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3/4 cups superfine sugar

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Pinch salt

Freshly ground black pepper

3 red Bartlett pears

3 Comice or Bosc pears

1/4 pound almond or vanilla flavored Italian biscotti

1/2 pound mascarpone cheese or caramel or cinnamon flavored gelato or ice cream


  1. Combine sugar, vinegar, pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a bowl. Mix well to incorporate. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. In the meantime cut the pears (skin on) into thin wedges with the seeds and stem removed. A good trick is to halve the fruit then use a melon-baller to scoop out the seeds then trim away the small bit of stem.
  3. Place pears in a mixing bowl and carefully mix. When the balsamic-sugar mixture is ready, pour over the fruit and mix gently to coat evenly. Gently crush the biscotti into 6 serving bowls. Divide the pears into each dish then top with a dollop of the mascarpone cheese or a scoop of caramel or cinnamon flavored gelato or ice cream. Serve immediately.
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