Whole-Poached Seckel Pears

These petite little pears are the perfect sweet bite, poached in just a little sugar and cinnamon.

1½ cups water
⅓ cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
7-8 ripe, but still firm, Seckel pears, peeled

1. In a medium-sized saucepan, add water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Dissolve sugar over medium heat.

2. Add pears, making sure they’re completely submerged, and cook at a gentle simmer, partially covered, for 15 to 20 minutes depending on their size and level of ripeness. Turn off heat (don’t worry if they don’t look completely done, the pears will continue softening as they cool), remove from burner, and let cool in the poaching liquid. The pears can be served warm, at room temperature, or chilled.

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