It might be weird but it is not on the New Year’s day I notice that one more year has gone. It is in the autumn. On sunny days, on foggy mornings I always miss something from the past. In the childhood, the autumn was time for fruits. Trays full of fruit skins that would become jams, pans with pulps, red fire. And a huge wooden spoon coming and going in the copper pan. I remember the grove – a treasure of small green and red apples. Quince and pears.
So, today I have decided to choose very careful some pears in the market. And I was sure that I wouldn’t make “poire au chocolat”. No. I thought about the simplicity of childhood sweets. Pear in a wine sauce? I am not looking for that either. I don’t like the wine colour double-dyed in the fruit; pear is delicately almost white. I remembered a sweet served on the pages of a gastronomy magazine. Which? Where? I wouldn’t remember. However, I also bought two lemons and I tried to improvise.
Pears in syrup with stripes of lemon
4 ripe but hard pears
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of water
1 cinnamon stick
Peel the lemon delicately avoiding removing the white part of the skin as much as possible. This skin must be finely striped. Leave it aside. Peel the pears but do not remove the stalk. I like to cut them in halves because they are more practical and beautiful to serve. Squiz the lemon juice and sprinkle the pears with it. Make the syrup with water, sugar and the spices. Let it boil up to a watery point and add the pears with lemon juice. When they get boiled (from 20 to 30 minutes), remove them carefully. Check how the syrup is. If it is too thick, add a little of water. It is not a sin. Then, boil the delicate stripes of lemon. Pour this syrup over the pears. Voilá!
An irresistible aroma will take over your kitchen and the result is a dessert that can also be served in special occasions.